The president did not want a takeover of communism in Vietnam since he saw that this was going to damage his reputation. John F Kennedy had just assumed the presidential seat and was in a quest to win over the people of the United States.
He assumed the office at a time when the American people had lost all their faith in the government because of all the treachery that was going on. When the US vice president, Lyndon B. Johnson visited Saigon in May 1961 he said that he had found the Asian Winston Churchill in Diem. He believed that Diem was the only person in Asia who would help America to counter the advancement of communism, which was being preached the Soviet Union (Galbraith, 1962).