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50 years since Truman, similarities to today persist

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President Harry S. Truman signs a proclamation declaring into effect the 12-nation Atlantic Pact binding North America and Western Europe in a common defense alliance. (Byron Rollins/AP)
President Harry S. Truman signs a proclamation declaring into effect the 12-nation Atlantic Pact binding North America and Western Europe in a common defense alliance. (Byron Rollins/AP)

50 years ago Monday, former President Harry S. Truman passed away. Truman's legacy has been influential in America's foreign policy. His Marshall Plan, the founding of NATO and the Truman Doctrine — a title he hated — are all still key pieces of how the U.S. conducts itself overseas.

All were designed to combat the dual threat of Russia and China. So, what might  Truman make of the current tensions with the two foes he faced off with decades ago?

Here & Now's Scott Tong speaks to his eldest grandson, Clifton Truman Daniel, who chairs the board of the Truman Presidential Library Institute, to find out.

This segment aired on December 26, 2022.

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