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Conversation: 102-001

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Start Date: Tuesday, May 30, 1972 4:01 AM

End Date: Tuesday, May 30, 1972 12:01 PM

Participants:

Haig, Alexander M., Jr.McCloskey, Robert J.Brower, Charles N.Thompson, ReggieHancock, JosephSmith, Ralph T.Gifford, William L.Ablard, Charles D.Korologos, Thomas C.Fielding, Fred F.Schlesinger, James R. (Dr.)[Unknown person(s)]

Recording Device: Cabinet Room

102a.mp3

102b.mp3

102c.mp3

102d.mp3

NARA Description:

On May 30, 1972, Alexander M. Haig, Jr., Robert J. McCloskey, Charles N. Brower, Reggie Thompson, Joseph Hancock, Ralph T. Smith, William L. Gifford, Charles D. Ablard, Thomas C. Korologos, Fred F. Fielding, Dr. James R. Schlesinger, and unknown person(s) met in the Cabinet Room of the White House at an unknown time between 12:01 am and 8:01 am. The Cabinet Room taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 102-001 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 102-1

Date: Unknown between May 30 and June 13, 1972
Time: Unknown between 12:01 am, May 30 and 8:01 am, June 13, 1972
Location: Cabinet Room

General Alexander M. Haig, Jr. met with Robert J. McCloskey, Charles N. Brower, Reggie
Thompson, Joseph Hancock, Ralph T. Smith, William L. Gifford, Charles D. Ablard, Thomas C.
Korologos, Fred F. Fielding, Dr. James R. Schlesinger, and unknown men
[Recording begins while the conversation is in progress]


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     Arms limitation agreement

[To listen to the segment (2m37s) declassified on 02/28/2002, please refer to RC# E-597.]

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     Arms Limitation Amendment
         -Proposed events if agreement reached
               -Press briefing in Moscow
                    -Henry A. Kissinger
               -Public stance
         -Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT] briefings schedule
               -Coordination of public statements
                    -White House participation
               -[Forename unintelligible] Jenkins
                    -National Security Council [NSC]
                    -Public affairs
         -Questions
               -Use of background information
               -Press corps
               -Rationale paper
                    -Two types
                    -Moscow
                    -Changes
               -Packet to be prepared of Moscow briefing
                    -Strengths of weapons
               -United States Information Agency [USIA]
                                       2

                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                              Tape Subject Log
                                (rev. 10/08)



          -Voice of America [VOA]
     -Public relations efforts
          -Melvin R. Laird’s plans
          -Television talk show
                 -Schlesinger
          -John N. Irwin, II
                 -”Today” show
          -Admiral Thomas H. Moorer
                 -Morning news on Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]
          -Interviews
          -Use of Department of Defense [DOD] spokesmen
          -Security

President’s instructions on briefings
     -Charles W. Colson
     -State Department role
           -Liaison with US embassies
     -Packet of materials
           -Distribution to administration friends
           -DOD
           -State Department
           -Target lists
     -Press briefings
           -Fact sheet
           -Transcript of meeting
     -Future meeting
     -Target lists of supporters
           -White House role
     -Printed material
           -Clearance required
           -Time of future meeting
     -Moscow announcement
           -Congress
                  -Arms Control and Disarmament Agency’s [ACDA] role
     -Public relations
           -USIA
           -Press
                  -Press release
                       -Timing
                  -Moscow
                  -Text of agreement
                       -Timing
                                    3

               NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                           Tape Subject Log
                             (rev. 10/08)



     -Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW]
     -Colson’s group
-Congress
     -Ground rules
     -Michael J. (“Mike”) Mansfield
     -Hugh Scott
     -John C. Stennis
     -Margaret Chase Smith
-Rationale papers
     -Moscow
-Congressional briefings
     -Mansfield
     -Scott
     -Robert C. Byrd
     -Robert P. Griffin
     -President’s role
     -Instructions from Moscow
-Public relations
     -Briefs
     -Possible statement by President
     -Ceremony
     -Opposition
            -Henry M. (“Scoop”) Jackson
            -Barry M. Goldwater
     -Need for statement by President
            -Peace initiative
     -Television
            -Scheduling
     -Moscow statement
            -Press Corps
                  -Statement by President
            -Impact
-Congress
     -Opposition
-Public affairs
     -Coordination by Clark MacGregor
     -Need for consistency
     -Rationale papers
-Meeting schedule
-Congressional briefings
     -Schedule
     -Telephone calls to key people in leadership
                                               4

                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/08)



               -Haig’s views
               -Need for supportive Congress
               -Opposition
                      -Jackson
                      -Goldwater
          -Leaders’ influence
               -Mansfield
               -Scott
               -J. William Fulbright
               -Stennis
          -Next meeting
               -Target list for formal coordination
               -Telephone list
          -Support
               -John O. Pastore
               -President’s leadership meeting
                      -June 1st
               -Suggestions for Kissinger
          -Final text of agreement
          -Antiballistic Missile [ABM] Treaty
               -Resolution of support needed
               -House leadership
          -Executive agreement
               -Need for joint resolution
          -ABM Treaty
               -House resolution
                      -Precedents
                      -Senate resolution

Recording ends at an unknown time before 8:01 am, June 13, 1972, while the conversation is in
progress