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Start Date: Thursday, April 15, 1971 1:59 PM

End Date: Thursday, April 15, 1971 3:45 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")[Unknown person(s)]Bull, Stephen B.Kissinger, Henry A.Sanchez, Manolo

Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:04:11

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:51:53

249a.mp3

249b.mp3

NARA Description:

On April 15, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, unknown person(s), Stephen B. Bull, Henry A. Kissinger, and Manolo Sanchez met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building from 8:59 am to 10:45 am. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 249-006 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 249-6

Date: April 15, 1971
Time: 8:59 am - 10:45 am
Location: Executive Office Building

The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman

     President’s statements
          -Governors
                -John D. Ehrlichman
                -Length
                -Memo
                -Raymond K. Price, Jr.
          -Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR]
                -Price
                -Length
                -Memo
          -Deadlines
          -Length
          -Instructions for Price
          -Chamber of Commerce
                -Length
          -DAR
                -Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech
                      -Press reaction
                      -DAR reaction
                -Immigrants
                -[Anna] Eleanor Roosevelt
                -Marian Anderson

     May Day demonstrations
         -Wording of statement by Price
         -Patriotism
         -Ronald L. Ziegler
         -Richard A. Moore
         -William L. Safire
         -North Vietnamese involvement
         -”Nixon endorses moratorium”
         -Hardhats
         -Liberals
                                         4

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          -Robert H. Finch
          -Donald H. Rumsfeld
          -George P. Shultz
          -Price
     -Composition
     -Senators
          -Robert P. Griffin
          -Edmund S. Muskie
     -Leaders
          -Rennie Davis
          -Parren J. Mitchell
          -Bobby Yorsett [sp?]
          -Communists
          -Davis
     -Surveillance
          -Patrick J. Buchanan
          -Federal Bureau of Investigations [FBI]
          -Moore
          -Henry A. Kissinger
          -Memorandum
          -President’s forthcoming meeting with editors
          -Muskie
                -Earth Day
          -Timing
          -FBI
          -Griffin
          -Muskie’s possible objections
          -President’s activities
          -Secret Service
          -FBI
          -Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination of John F. Kennedy
          -President
          -Wiretapping
          -President’s instructions to Buchanan

President’s forthcoming meeting with editors
     -George Minot
     -President’s schedule
     -Boston Traveler
     -Charles W. Colson
                                         5

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James J. Kilpatrick, Jr.’s editorial
     -President’s conversation with Julie Nixon Eisenhower, April 14, 1971
     -President’s Vietnam speech

Economy
    -News summary
    -Industrial production
    -Shultz                                                      Conv. No. 249-6 (cont.)
    -Paul W. McCracken
    -Meeting of April 15, 1971
    -Indicator
    -Retail sales
          -Figures
    -President’s forthcoming meeting with editors
    -Buchanan
    -McCracken
    -Figures
    -National Broadcasting Company [NBC]
    -Industrial production
          -Instructions for Colson’s people

Networks’ reporting
    -Colson
    -John B. Connally
          -Arthur F. Burns
    -Cabinet officers
          -Connally’s views
          -George W. Romney
          -John A. Volpe
          -Connally

Possible meeting with stock analysts
     -Safire
     -Bernard J. (“Bunny”) Lasker
     -Bull market
     -Certificate
     -Donald T. Regan, Lasker, and Bela Gold
     -Gus C. Lee

Economy
    -Stock market performance
    -First quarter figures
                                                6

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          -Reporting
          -Stock market
                -Importance
                -Financial writers
          -Inflation
                -Compared with 1969
                -Profits
                                                                    Conv. No. 249-6 (cont.)
     Historical analysis of President’s administration
          -Niccolo Machiavelli
          -Stock market performance
          -Economy
          -War problem
                 -Cambodia and Laos
          -Demonstrations
          -Cities
          -Integration in the South
          -Foreign policy

An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 8:59 am

     Report for President

The unknown man left at an unknown time before 9:30 am

[The President talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 8:59 am and 9:30
am]

[Conversation No. 249-6A]

     Meeting with President

[End of telephone conversation]

     President’s image
          -Staff
          -Connally’s analysis
                -John A. Scali
          -Connally’s analysis
                -Lack of emotion
          -Reaction to President’s press conferences
                                              7

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          -Speeches
                -Buchanan
                -Richard K. Cook
          -Samuel Rosen’s conversation with Safire
          -Robert F. (“Bobby”) Kennedy
          -Expectations of youth
                -Sincerity
          -Staff                                                     Conv. No. 249-6 (cont.)
          -Public relations
                -Television media
          -Connally

Stephen B. Bull and an unknown man entered at an unknown time after 8:59 am

     Kissinger’s arrival

     Rose Mary Woods’ trip
          -New England

     Letter from unknown Florida mayor
           -Kissinger
           -President’s image
           -Connally
           -President’s style
                 -Press conferences
                 -Lack of emotion
                 -William H. Moore

Bull and the unknown man left and Kissinger entered at 9:30 am

          -President’s People’s Republic of China [PRC] initiative
          -Letter from unknown mayor in Florida
          -Hubert H. Humphrey
                -1972 campaign
          -Moore
          -Kissinger’s conversation with Haldeman
          -Humphrey and Muskie
                -Editors’ opinions
          -Emotionalism in press conferences
          -Press
                                               8

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          -Connally
                 -Cabinet
                      -Romney
                      -Melvin R. Laird
                      -William P. Rogers
                      -Leadership
                      -Press conferences
                            -Chile                             Conv. No. 249-6 (cont.)
          -Lyndon B. Johnson
          -J. F. Kennedy
          -Letter from Florida mayor
          -Connally
          -Press conference

Manolo Sanchez entered at an unknown time after 9:30 am

          -Possible reaction to press

Sanchez left at an unknown time before 10:45 am

          -J. F. Kennedy
          -Newsmen
          -Johnson
          -Connally’s views
          -Press conferences
          -Texas drought
                 -Bureaucracy
          -Press
          -Letter from an unknown boy
                 -Press conferences
                 -Media
          -President’s public exposure
                 -Conversations
                 -Press conferences
                 -Campaign appearances
          -Connally
          -President’s image
          -House, Senate, Cabinet
                 -Need for “Nixon men”
                 -Connally
          -President’s images
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     -General Charles A. J. M. de Gaulle
          -Image
          -Guallists
          -Press conferences
          -Arrival in England in 1940
          -French language
     -Press conferences
     -Cabinet                                             Conv. No. 249-6 (cont.)
          -Changes
          -Connally’s views

Ambassadorial appointments
    -John S. D. Eisenhower
    -Edgar D. Whitcomb
           -Australia
           -Qualifications
    -Robert C. Gordon
    -J. S. D. Eisenhower
           -Possible appointment

Cabinet and staff
     -Unknown man discussed
     -J. F. Kennedy
            -Treatment of staff
            -Image
     -President’s image
            -Courage, boldness, “guts”
     -Connally’s views
     -Staff
            -Ziegler
            -Herbert G. Klein
            -Maurice H. Stans
            -Safire

Presidential image
     -”Guts”
     -Intelligence
     -”Guts”, boldness, coolness under fire
     -Ziegler
     -Press coverage
           -Washington Post
                 -Trade with PRC
                                        10

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President’s PRC initiative
     -Ping-pong team
     -President’s policy
            -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR]
     -J. F. Kennedy
     -General Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
            -Reception at Indonesian embassy
                                                                Conv. No. 249-6 (cont.)
President’s upcoming speech to DAR
     -Possible wording
     -Patriotism
           -Sergeant Karl Taylor
     -Demonstrators
     -Possible address to Chamber of Commerce
     -Demonstrators
           -Composition
           -Draft dodgers
           -Service in Vietnam
           -Wording of speech
                 -Price
           -Staff
                 -Press releases
                 -Haldeman
                 -Suggestions
                 -Connally
                 -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew
           -Possible wording

PRC
      -Trade announcement
           -British ambassador’s conversation with Soviet ambassador
           -Reaction
           -Media Coverage
                 -Washington Post
                      -Department of State
                 -Marvin L. Kalb
           -Commerce Department
           -Defense Department
           -State Department
           -Media coverage
                 -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]
                      -Kalb
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                 -[Arnold] Eric Sevareid
           -Kalb
           -State Department
                 -Vietnam policy

Earth Day
     -Muskie
     -FBI surveillance                                             Conv. No. 249-6 (cont.)
     -Davis
     -FBI role
     -Assassination of J. F. Kennedy
          -Oswald
     -Muskie
     -Samuel A. (“Sammy”) Abbott

PRC
      -Trade announcement
           -State Department
                 -Marshall Green
                 -”Nixon Initiative”
           -USSR
                 -Possible reaction
                 -Kissinger’s possible call to Yuli M. Vorontsov
           -State Department
                 -Scali
                 -US-Soviet relations
                 -PRC
           -Instructions to Scali
           -Taiwan
           -Unknown diplomat

Vietnam
     -Military activity
     -Media coverage
     -PRC
     -Peace initiatives
           -Stefan Olszowski
     -North Vietnam
     -Prisoners of War [POWs]
           -Possible United States’ initiative
           -Unilateral return
           -United States’ options
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              -POW wives
              -Possible action
                     -Frank Borman
         -Possible North Vietnamese military operations
         -POW wives
         -Nguyen Cao Ky
         -Cease fire deadline
         -Kissinger’s possible message to the North Vietnamese   Conv. No. 249-6 (cont.)
              -Timing


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5
[National Security]
[Duration: 7s ]


    FOREIGN AFFAIRS


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5

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         -POW issue
               -POW wives
         -Clark M. Clifford and George S. McGovern
         -POW wives
         -United States’ initiatives
               -Timing
         -Troop withdrawal
               -Harlow Resolution
               -Effect on South Vietnam
         -1972 Elections
         -Dr. David K. E. Bruce
         -POW wives
               -Kissinger, Haldeman, and Colson
         -POW issue
               -Polls
                     -Figures
                                              13

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          -Major General James D. (“Don”) Hughes
          -Congress
          -POW issue
               -McGovern
          -POW wives
               -Laird
               -Promises
          -POW issue                                                 Conv. No. 249-6 (cont.)

     PRC initiative
         -Instructions for Ziegler
         -Media
                -Vogue, Newsweek, Time
         -State Department
                -Press

Haldeman left at 10:23 am; Sanchez was no longer present at an unknown time before 10:23 am

     President’s schedule
          -Morocco
                -Visit of King [Moulay] Hassan II
                -Timing
                -Arab summit
                      -Moulay Ahmed Laraki
                -United States’ Middle East policy
                -Possible postponement of state visit
                -Possible private visit
                -William B. Saxbe

     State visits
           -President’s policies
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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7
[National Security]
[Duration: 27s ]


    AFRICA                                                    Conv. No. 249-6 (cont.)


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7

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         -Instructions for Kissinger
               -President’s schedule


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 8
[National Security]
[Duration: 20s ]


    AFRICA


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 8

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         -Juan Velasco Alvarado
              -Possible visit
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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 9
[National Security]
[Duration: 11s ]


    FOREIGN AFFAIRS                                          Conv. No. 249-6 (cont.)


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 9

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         -Edward R. G. Heath
         -1972
         -Mexico
               -Mexican-Americans
         -Morocco
               -Upcoming meeting
         -President’s policies
               -European summit meeting
               -Soviet visit
         -PRC

    PRC initiative
        -Muskie
        -Charles H. Percy
        -Edward M. (“Ted”) Kennedy
        -Earth Day
        -Media coverage
               -Sevareid
        -Haig’s visit to Indonesian embassy
               -Percy
               -J. William Fulbright
        -President’s policies
        -J. F. Kennedy
               -USSR
               -PRC
               -Nikita S. Khrushchev
        -Indochina
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     -Laos
     -William S. White
            -J. F. Kennedy
            -Johnson
     -Ping-pong team
     -USSR
            -Vorontsov
            -Peter G. Peterson                            Conv. No. 249-6 (cont.)
     -Media coverage
            -Rowland Evans and Robert D. Novak
     -USSR
     -Possible appointees
     -Henry M. (“Scoop”) Jackson
     -USSR
     -Mao Tse-tung
     -Chou En-lai
     -Ping-pong team
     -Withdrawal from Vietnam
     -USSR
     -Bureaucracy
     -J. F. Kennedy
     -Cambodia and Laos
            -En-lai
     -Possible negotiations

President’s image
     -Haldeman
     -Conveyance by staff and Cabinet
           -Shultz
           -Ehrlichman
           -Peterson
           -Klein
           -Jack J. Valenti
           -Haig
           -Connally
                 -Taft Schreiber
           -John N. Mitchell
           -Ziegler
           -Haldeman
           -President’ conversation with Burns
                 -Connally
                 -Kissinger
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                -Ehrlichman
          -Volpe
          -Romney
          -Stans
          -Elliot L. Richardson
          -Mitchell
          -Rogers and Laird
          -Burns                                             Conv. No. 249-6 (cont.)
          -Instructions for Kissinger
                -Finch and Rumsfeld
          -Burns
          -Valenti
     -Support of President’s positions
          -November 3, 1969, speech on Laos and Cambodia
          -April 7, 1971, speech on Vietnam
          -Kissinger
          -Shultz
          -Rogers
          -Press

USSR
    -Mood
    -Vorontsov
         -Message
    -PRC
    -United States’ policy

PRC initiative
    -Media coverage
           -Evans and Novak
           -Ziegler
    -USSR
           -Scali
           -United States’ policy
           -PRC
           -Summit
           -Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]
                 -Announcement
           -Summit
           -POW issue
                 -POW wives
           -Kissinger’s forthcoming meeting with Vorontsov
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                -Scali
                -State Department

     President’s schedule

     Moroccan meeting

Kissinger left at 10:45 am                                        Conv. No. 249-6 (cont.)