Over the decades, American presidents have written notes of thanks to the men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency for their service and dedication. Each message is displayed with the respective president’s official photograph in the Presidential Gallery of CIA’s New Headquarters Building. This story—the eighth in a series about the CIA under different presidential administrations—focuses on Richard M. Nixon.
When Richard M. Nixon took office as President in January 1969, he already had a solid grasp of international affairs. As Vice President to President Dwight Eisenhower, Nixon had traveled the world, met many foreign leaders, and received briefings from the Central Intelligence Agency. As President, Nixon would continue to draw on the Agency’s analytic support to help inform his foreign policy, including withdrawing troops from Vietnam and improving relations with China and the Soviet Union.