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Conversation: 058-004

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Start Date: Thursday, May 20, 1971 1:02 PM

End Date: Thursday, May 20, 1971 1:48 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Agnew, Spiro T. (Vice President)Cabinet officersRogers, William P.Connally, John B.Laird, Melvin R.Mitchell, John N.Blount, Winton M. ("Red"), Jr.Pecora, William T.Hardin, Clifford M.Silberman, Laurence H.Richardson, Elliot L.Romney, George W.Beggs, James M.Shultz, George P.Finch, Robert H.Rumsfeld, Donald H.Bush, George H. W.Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Ehrlichman, John D.Kissinger, Henry A.MacGregor, ClarkFlanigan, Peter M.Klein, Herbert G.David, Edward E., Jr. (Dr.)Price, Raymond K., Jr.Butterfield, Alexander P.Ziegler, Ronald L.Timmons, William E.Colson, Charles W.Scali, John A.Moore, Richard A.Dent, Harry S.Dean, John W., IIIMalek, Frederic V.Brown, Robert J.Dole, Robert J.Moorer, Thomas H. (Adm.)Smith, Gerard C.Sohmer, Arthur J.Weinberger, Caspar W. ("Cap")Knauer, Virginia H.Weber, Arnold R.

Recording Device: Cabinet Room

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058b.mp3

058c.mp3

NARA Description:

On May 20, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, and the Cabinet members, including William P. Rogers, John B. Connally, Melvin R. Laird, John N. Mitchell, Winton M. ("Red") Blount, Jr., William T. Pecora, Clifford M. Hardin, James T. Lynn, Laurence H. Silberman, Elliot L. Richardson, George W. Romney, James M. Beggs, George P. Shultz, Robert H. Finch, Donald H. Rumsfeld, George H. W. Bush, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman, Henry A. Kissinger, Clark MacGregor, Peter M. Flanigan, Herbert G. Klein, Dr. Edward E. David, Jr., Raymond K. Price, Jr., Alexander P. Butterfield, Ronald L. Ziegler, William E. Timmons, Charles W. Colson, John A. Scali, Richard A. Moore, Harry S. Dent, Leonard Garment, John W. Dean, III, Frederic V. Malek, Robert J. Brown, Robert J. Dole, Adm. Thomas H. Moorer, Gerald C. Smith, Arthur J. Sohmer, Caspar W. ("Cap") Weinberger, Virginia H. Knauer, and Arnold R. Weber, met in the Cabinet Room of the White House from 9:02 am to 9:48 am. The Cabinet Room taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 058-004 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 58-4

Date: May 20, 1971
Time: 9:02 am - 9:48 am
Location: Cabinet Room

The President met with Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, William P. Rogers, John B. Connally,
Melvin R. Laird, John N. Mitchell, Winton M. (“Red”) Blount, William T. Pecora, Clifford M.
Hardin, James T. Lynn, Laurence H. Silberman, Elliot L. Richardson, George W. Romney,
James M. Beggs, George P. Shultz, Robert H. Finch, Donald H. Rumsfeld, George H. W. Bush,
H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman, Henry A. Kissinger, Clark MacGregor, Peter M.
Flanigan, Herbert G. Klein, Dr. Edward E. David, Jr., Raymond K. Price, Jr., Alexander P.
Butterfield, Ronald L. Ziegler, William E. Timmons, Charles W. Colson, John A. Scali, Richard
A. Moore, Harry S. Dent, Leonard Garment, John W. Dean, III, Frederic V. Malek, Robert J.
Brown, Robert J. Dole, Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, Gerard C. Smith, Arthur J. Sohmer, Caspar
W. (“Cap”) Weinberger, Virginia H. Knauer, and Arnold R. Weber
[Recording begins while the conversation is in progress]

     US-Soviet relations
         -Briefings


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     Strategic arms limitation

[To listen to the segment (6m59s) declassified on 02/28/2002, please refer to RC# E-524.]

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                -US-Soviet statement, May 20, 1971
                     -Content and phraseology
                                               8

                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                        Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 10/08)



                      -Meaning
                 -Forthcoming negotiations
                      -Vienna, Helsinki
                      -Smith, Vladimir S. Semenov


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     Strategic arms limitation

[To listen to the segment (23m11s) declassified on 02/28/2002, please refer to RC# E-524.]

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           -May 20, 1971 announcement
               -Content


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     Negotiations

[To listen to the segment (9m15s) declassified on 02/28/2002, please refer to RC# E-524.]

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     Smith

     [General conversation/Unintelligible]

The President, et al. left at 9:48 am