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Introduction
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This chapter focuses on the Trilateral Commission (TriCom) and the US government, especially the relationship with Jimmy Carter, who drafted a significant number of the commissioners to his administration. In its first three triennia, the TriCom thus continuously nurtured a close affiliation to the political decision-makers at both national and international levels. When Gerald Ford became President after Richard Nixon resigned in August 1974, because of the Watergate scandal, Smith could now report that he had discussed the TriCom with the new President. Carter, who had decided to run for President, had planned to make use of the TriCom plenary meeting in Kyoto, 1975, as a springboard to announce his foreign policy views. During the US primaries in 1980, the campaign attacked the Commission to discredit Ronald Reagan's Republican competitors, George W. H. Bush and John B. Anderson, to become the nominee of the Republican Party.