Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev has dispatched an envoy to the White House to study the inner workings of the U.S. presidency, President Bush’s spokesman reported Monday.
Spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said the visit was arranged after Gorbachev, meeting at Camp David during his recent summit meeting with Bush, expressed interest in the operations and organization of the Executive Office of the President.
Gorbachev’s representative, Mikhail Shkabardnya, the business manager of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union, also will observe the operations of the Treasury, Justice and Agriculture departments as well as the General Services Administration, Fitzwater said.
The invitation to Shkabardnya was extended by White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu.
“He’s studying the Sununu efficiency model,” Fitzwater said jokingly.