The United States had provided funding, armaments, and training to South Vietnamâs government and military since Vietnamâs partition into the communist North and the democratic South in 1954. HANOI, Vietnam â Before every shift at a Dominoâs Pizza store in central Hanoi, Van Nguyen Hai, 20, puts on a uniform in the colors of the American flag. Vietnamese cheer as the convoy transporting U.S. President Donald Trump in Da Nang | Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP via Getty Images. The president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnamese: Chá»§ tá»ch nÆ°á»c Cá»ng hòa xã há»i chá»§ nghÄ©a Viá»t Nam) is the head of state of Vietnam, elected by the Vietnam National Assembly from delegates of the National Assembly. Tensions escalated into armed conflict between the two sides, and in 1961 U.S. President John F. Kennedy chose to expand the military aid program. His âsecret planâ to end the Vietnam War included gradual withdrawals of the U.S. troops from Vietnam as part of the so-called âVietnamizationâ program from June 1969. The terms of this expansion included yet more funding and arms, â¦ Richard Nixon, the new U.S. president, began U.S. troop withdrawal and â Vietnamization â of the war effort that year, but he intensified bombing. He did not agree with the Geneva Accords which enacted a seperation of North and South Vietnam and was signed by France and North Vietnam. Looking back on the June 2005 Joint Statement by President Bush and then Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, both leaders expressed satisfaction at the progress the bilateral relationship has made, resulting in a US-Vietnam relationship today that is multi-faceted and â¦ Dwight D. Eisenhower was the president in office when conflicts leading up to the Vietnam War began. November 11, 2017 4:00 am. Pham Do Chi, one of the founding members of the US-based advocacy group Vietnamese Americans for Trump as President Again, or TAPA, whose â¦ Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ngo Dinh Diem. By Isabelle Taft. The U.S. involvement in South Vietnam stemmed from a combination of factors: France's long colonial history in French Indochina, the US War with Japan in the Pacific, and both Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong's pledge in 1950 to support Ho Chi â¦ Instead, he created Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO), which was put into place to stop Communist â¦ The Vietnam War was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. Richard Nixon (1969 -1974) Richard Nixon took office in 1969 with the promise of bringing âpeace with honorâ to the unpopular conflict in Vietnam. The role of the United States in the Vietnam War began after World War II and escalated into full commitment during the Vietnam War from 1955 to 1973. Lyndon Johnson was the President of the US during the Vietnam War from the assassination of John Kennedy until the election of Richard Nixon. U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the press with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi, May, 2016. President Nguyen Minh Triet of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam was pleased to welcome United States President George W. Bush to Vietnam. Under the authority of President Lyndon B. Johnson, the United States first deployed troops to Vietnam in 1965 in response to the Gulf of Tonkin Incident of August 2 and 4, 1964. The first is that every president from the election of Dwight Eisehower in 1952 to the end of George H.W.