Baltimore Map on However, Kennedy's administration is particularly remembered for its foreign affairs, especially the inci- Kennedy, John F.453 dents that reflected the Cold War. Kennedy's first foray into the international conflict occurred in April, 1961, when he authorized American-trained Cuban exiles to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs and overthrow Fidel Castro's communist regime. The invaders were quickly repulsed.
Soon after the Bay of Pigs disaster, Kennedy made a poor showing at the Vienna Conference and led Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to believe that the young president could be easily manipulated.
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Khrushchev thus stepped up the Soviet Union's campaign against West Berlin. Kennedy responded to Khrushchev's aggression by offering support to West Berlin.
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