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Start Date: Thursday, November 18, 1971 2:10 PM

End Date: Thursday, November 18, 1971 3:50 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")

Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:08:32

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:37:19

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NARA Description:

On November 18, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon and H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building from 9:10 am to 10:50 am. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 294-006 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 294-6

Date: November 18, 1971
Time: 9:10 am - 10:50 am
Location: Executive Office Building

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

     The President's schedule
          -American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations [AFL-CIO]
               convention
               -Speech
                      -The President's revisions
               -Announcement
               -George Meany
               -Departure

     Earl L. Butz

     Release of text

     International economy
           -John B. Connally
                 -Meeting with George P. Shultz
                 -Forthcoming meeting with Shultz and Henry A. Kissinger
                      -The President's schedule
                           -Press conference
                           -Meany
                                 -Weather in Miami
                                       -The President's return to Washington
           -Connally
           -General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade [GATT]
           -Staff work

     The President's schedule
          -Briefing books
          -Connally, Shultz and Kissinger
          -Television
                -Announcements
                      -Timing
                -Phase II
                      -Donald H. Rumsfeld
                                             4

                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                     Conv. No. 294-6 (cont.)


                     -Issues
          -4-H convention
               -Chicago
          -Conference on aging
          -Press conference
               -Announcement
                     -People’s Republic of China [PRC]
          -Cabinet
          -National Security Council [NSC]
          -Congressional leaders
          -Kissinger's schedule
               -NSC

Haldeman talked with the White House operator and George P. Shultz at an unknown time
between 9:10 am and 10:13 am.

[Conversation No. 294-6A]

[See Conversation No. 15-22]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Haldeman's previous call to Shultz
          -Meany's views

     The President's schedule
          -AFL-CIO convention
               -Meany's views
                      -Haldeman and Kissinger
                      -Charles W. Colson and Shultz
                      -Colson's conversation with Rumsfeld
               -Travel plans

     [Pause]

          -Football game
               -Request for seats
               -Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon

     Mrs. Nixon's schedule
                                                5

                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                     Conv. No. 294-6 (cont.)


Haldeman talked with the White House operator and Constance M. Stuart at an unknown time
between 9:10 am and 10:13 am.

[Conversation No. 294-6B]

[See Conversation No. 15-23]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Julie Nixon Eisenhower
           -Network television coverage
           -Press coverage
                -Stuart
                -New York Daily News

     Julie Nixon Eisenhower and Tricia Nixon Cox
           -Press relations


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     Ceremonial events
         -Thanksgiving
              -Turkey presentation
                    -Mrs. Nixon's schedule
                    -The President's schedule
         -Animals
              -King Timahoe
                    -Photographs

     Butz
                                         6

                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. 10/06)
                                                          Conv. No. 294-6 (cont.)


     -Senate confirmation
          -Press coverage
          -Haldeman
                -Hubert H. Humphrey
                -Dwayne O. Andreas
          -Edward M. Kennedy
          -Henry M. (“Scoop”) Jackson
          -Possible filibuster

Supreme Court nominees
     -William H. Rehnquist
           -Liberals' reaction
           -Barry M. Goldwater

Herbert Stein
     -Health
     -Possible role with government
           -Council of Economic Advisors [CEA]
           -Federal Reserve Board [FRB]
           -CEA

Jews in administration
     -Stein, Arthur F. Burns and Kissinger
     -Connally's views
     -Value
     -CEA
     -Cabinet and Supreme Court
     -Stein

Congressional action
    -Dollar check-off on income taxes
    -Butz confirmation
    -Michael J. Mansfield Amendment

Colson
     -Call from the President, November 17, 1971
           -Ronald L. Ziegler

Unknown vote in House of Representatives
    -Mansfield Amendment
    -Press coverage
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                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                Tape Subject Log
                                  (rev. 10/06)
                                                           Conv. No. 294-6 (cont.)



Congress
    -Mansfield Amendment
    -John Sherman Cooper-Frank F. Church Amendment
    -Clark MacGregor and William E. Timmons
    -Vote

The President's schedule
     -Football game
     -International monetary situation
           -Shultz and Connally
     -Thomas H. Moorer
           -Kissinger
     -Kissinger
           -Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
     -AFL-CIO convention
     -Florida
     -Sports stars
           -Wives
           -Schedule
     -The President's Duke Law School class
     -The President's military friends
     -Law School class
           -Professors Lon L. Fuller and David F. Cavers
           -[David] Kenneth Rush
           -Charles S. Rhyne
                 -Education
           -John MacK. Holland, Jr.
     -The President's military friends
           -Reception
           -The President's military experience
           -Rose Mary Woods
           -[Unknown man]
           -Possible attendees
           -Peter Boyle
           -Doris Gurley [?]
           -Paul Loomis
           -Number

Staff meetings
                                              8

                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                    Conv. No. 294-6 (cont.)


The President talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 9:10 am and 10:13
am.

[Conversation No. 294-6C]

     Kissinger's schedule

The President talked with Kissinger.

     Kissinger's previous trip

     Kissinger's schedule

[End of telephone conversation]

     Kissinger


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     Connally
         -Conversation with Haldeman

     The President's schedule
          -Connally
          -Forthcoming Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys game
               -Camp David
          -Miami game
          -Forthcoming Oklahoma-Nebraska game
          -Redskins games
                                             9

                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. 10/06)
                                                               Conv. No. 294-6 (cont.)


Kissinger entered at 10:13 am.

     Kissinger's schedule
          -Previous speech at Commercial Club in Cincinnati
                -Connally's New York speech
                      -Nikita S. Khruschev's New York speech
          -Californians
                -Taft Schreiber
                -Asa V. Call
                -Schreiber
                -California Club
                -Fragmented
          -Previous speech at Commercial Club
                -Press coverage
          -Major cities
                -Press coverage
          -Previous speech at Commercial Club
                -Robert A. Taft, Jr.

     People's Republic of China [PRC]
          -Lt. Gen. Vernon A. Walters

     The President's schedule
          -Announcement of PRC trip
          -Press conference
          -4-H event
          -Announcement of PRC trip
               -Timing
               -Mrs. Nixon
               -PRC response

     Vietnam
          -Negotiations
              -PRC
              -Le Duc Tho
              -Announcement of PRC visit

     White House dinners
          -Connally
          -Spiro T. Agnew
          -Mrs. Nixon
                                               10

                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                              Conv. No. 294-6 (cont.)


          -Emilio Garrastazu Medici dinner
                -Brazil
          -Canadian Dinner
          -William P. Rogers
          -Connally
                -Rogers and Agnew
                -Medici dinner

    PRC
          -John T. Downey
               -Wife's visit
                     -Son
               -Possible release
               -Rogers and Melvin R. Laird
               -Richard M. Helms
               -Walters
          -The President's forthcoming visit
               -Timing of announcement
                     -Hanoi

    George H. W. Bush
         -Statement regarding PRC statement
               -State Department

    State Department
          -Attitude
          -Marshall Green
          -Reaction to unknown statement
                -Kissinger's call to Rogers
          -Rogers
          -Compared to the British Foreign Service

    The President’s schedule
         -Forthcoming meeting with Edward R.G. Heath
              -George R.S. Baring, Earl of Cromer
                     -Georges J.R. Pompidou


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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                               Conv. No. 294-6 (cont.)


[Privacy]
[Duration: 6s ]


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                      -Meeting with Kissinger
          -Forthcoming meeting with Pompidou
                -Timing
                      -Willy Brandt
          -Forthcoming meeting with Heath
                -Options
          -International monetary situation
                -Connally
                      -Shultz
                      -Meeting with Group of Ten
                            -Pompidou
                -Effect on the President’s schedule
                -Cromer and Connally
          -Connally
          -Rogers
                -North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO]

     Vietnam
          -Negotiations
              -Le Duc Tho
              -Xuan Thuy
          -Bombing
              -Timing
          -Negotiations
              -William J. Porter

     Kissinger's schedule
          -Time's Editorial Board
                -Connally
                -The President's choice as ‘Man of the Year”

     Article by Walter Trohan
                                              12

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                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                     Conv. No. 294-6 (cont.)



     The President's schedule
          -Hedley W. Donovan
               -Life series on Bicentennial
                      -Interview with the President
          -The President's article in 1960 on the National Purpose
               -James R. Shepley
          -Donovan
               -Questions for the President
          -Henry A. Grunwald
               -Kissinger's suggestion
          -Donovan
               -“Man of the Year” award
                      -Interview with the President

     Time magazine
          -Story on Ziegler
          -Hugh S. Sidey
          -“Man of the Year” award
               -1971 and 1972
               -Value
                     -Foreign readership
               -The President's foreign policy achievements
               -Alternate choices
               -Interview with the President for Life magazine
                     -Donovan

     Kissinger's schedule
          -Previous meeting with Time Editorial Board
                -Vietnam and PRC

Haldeman left at 10:45 am.

                     -The President
          -Previous speech at Commercial Club
               -Ohio and Illinois
                     -New York
                     -1972 election
               -Economics
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                              NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                   Conv. No. 294-6 (cont.)


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           -Previous meeting with Time Editorial Board
                -Alexander Heard of Vanderbilt
                -Donovan's statement

     New York Times

     Liberals
          -The President's foreign policy
               -John F. Kennedy

     Kissinger's forthcoming meeting with Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
          -Vietnam
                -Josip Broz Tito
                -The President's policy

     Kissinger's schedule
          -David M. Kennedy
                -NATO
          -Previous speech at Commercial Club
                -Taft
                      -Reception
                -Unknown man
          -David Kennedy

Kissinger left at 10:50 am.