Reagan Library Closure

We're sorry. Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum will be closed to the public beginning March 14th until further notice. This includes docents, volunteers and interns. We will continue to respond to written reference requests at Please check our website, or  for updates on our operating hours and status.

All public events at the Reagan Library facilities are cancelled until further notice. This includes in-person public programs, tours, school group visits, public meetings, external conferences, and facility rentals. Where possible, we will conduct public events and outreach activities online and through virtual meetings. For online education information, please see our educational resources.

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requestors

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.  Read more on how NARA is addressing COVID-19 (coronavirus)

RESEARCHERS: Please see a "Letter to Researchers" from the Archivist of the United States for a further update.




Statement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Speakes on the Restriction of Certain Imports From the European Economic Community

May 15, 1986

The President today proclaimed quotas on agriculture imports from the European Community in response to the EC's quotas on U.S. agricultural exports to Portugal. We have been assured by the EC that their quotas will have no immediate impact on our trade. As long as that remains the case, our quotas will be similarly nonrestrictive. However, should the EC's quantitative restrictions begin to restrict U.S. exports, the U.S. quotas will be adjusted to have a comparable effect or the President may substitute tariff increases for the quotas.

This action follows the President's announcement on March 31 that the U.S. would respond in kind to the EC's import restrictions on grains and oilseeds imposed in Portugal following that country's accession to the EC. The U.S. quotas will be effective May 19 on EC white wine with a value of more than $4 per gallon, chocolate, candy, apple or pear juice, and beer. The President indicated his willingness to suspend these measures and refer the matter to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) if the EC will agree to do the same.

The President has also decided to suspend certain tariff concessions, effective in 30 days. The action will not increase tariffs, however, and the decision on any duty increases will be deferred until July to allow time for negotiation of compensation for EC tariff action affecting U.S. exports of feed grains to Spain.

This is a dispute the U.S. sought to avoid. But we cannot overlook the EC's unilateral actions which clearly violate GATT rules and affect some of our most sensitive exports. Our response is fair and measured. We hope the EC will respond in a way that will help us settle this disagreement without further damaging our trading relationship.