Remember Ronald Reagan's first visit to the Berlin Wall, 1978. Richard Allen @HooverInst

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Photo: East German construction workers building the Berlin Wall, 20 November 1961.

East German construction workers building the Berlin Wall.

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Remember Ronald Reagan’s first visit to the Berlin Wall, 1978. Richard Allen @HooverInst

“Richard Allen, a White House national security adviser, remembers a 1978 trip to Berlin when he was an aide to then-Governor Reagan. Standing near the Wall, Reagan said, “We’ve got to find a way to knock this thing down.” Aides recall him occasionally mentioning that he would like to see the wall come down during staff meetings years before the Berlin speech. Reagan himself does little to clarify the origin. In his autobiography, he quotes the “tear down” passages, but merely says that he “felt strongly” about them, not that he or anyone else originated them.”

Richard Allen is an emeritus senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. The holder of a master’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame, Allen was a senior staff member at Hoover from 1966 to 1968, at which time he took a leave of absence to serve as Richard Nixon’s foreign policy coordinator subsequently serving twice in the Nixon White House. He was Ronald Reagan’s chief foreign policy adviser from 1977 to 1980 and served as President Reagan’s first national security adviser from 1981 to 1982. A Hoover fellow since 1983, he is currently a member of the US Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee.


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