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Conversation: 461-004

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Start Date: Tuesday, March 2, 1971 4:06 PM

End Date: Tuesday, March 2, 1971 4:33 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Peterson, Rudolph A.Peterson, Peter G.Mosbacher, Emil, Jr. (Bus)MacGregor, ClarkHaig, Alexander M., Jr.Kissinger, Henry A.Bull, Stephen B.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:40:37

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:10:41

461-004.mp3

NARA Description:

On March 2, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, Rudolph A. Peterson, Peter G. Peterson, Emil ("Bus") Mosbacher, Jr., Clark MacGregor, Alexander M. Haig, Jr., Henry A. Kissinger, and Stephen B. Bull met in the Oval Office of the White House from 11:06 am to 11:33 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 461-004 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 461-4

Date: March 2, 1971
Time: 11:06 am - 11:33 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Rudolph A. Peterson, Peter G. Peterson, Emil (“Bus”) Mosbacher, Jr.,
Clark MacGregor, and General Alexander M. Haig, Jr. at 11:06 am; press photographers were
present at the beginning of the meeting

     Greetings

     Arrangements for photograph

     Task Force on International Development
          -Proposals
          -President’s position
          -Press coverage
          -Congress’s expected response
                -Previous positions on foreign aid, revenue sharing
          -R. A. Peterson
                -Role
                -Administration support
                      -MacGregor

Henry A. Kissinger entered at an unknown time after 11:06 am
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                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                   Tape Subject Log
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     -MacGregor
     -State Department
     -Defense Department
     -House Armed Services Committee
     -Defense Department
     -Senate Foreign Relations Committee
     -House Foreign Affairs Committee
     -Melvin R. Laird and William P. Rogers
     -Senate Foreign Relations Committee
           -MacGregor’s view
     -George D. Aiken
     -J. William Fulbright
           -Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing
                -Need for support

Legislative/executive connection
     -Coordination
     -Otto E. Passman

Task Force on International Development
     -Relations with State Department
     -Council on Foreign Assistance
     -Accountability to Congress
     -State Department
     -P. G. Peterson
     -White House staff
           -Kissinger
                -Frank F. Church and Michael J. (“Mike”) Mansfield
                -Possible testimony
     -Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings
           -Fulbright
     -Accountability

International development
      -State Department, Defense Department
            -Military assistance
            -Current division
                  -Southeast Asia, Cambodia, Thailand
      -New directions
      -MacGregor’s role
      -Coordination with trade
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 9/08)



                -Latin America
                      -Special preference versus general preference
                      -Nelson A. Rockefeller
          -Africa

     Latin America
           -President’s position
                 -Trade                                               Conv. No. 461-4 (cont.)
           -Importance
           -Ambassadors
           -US assistance
           -Importance
                 -Africa, Southeast Asia
           -US assistance
                 -President’s position

     International development
           -New directions
                -R. A. Peterson’s view
                -Organization
                -Personnel
           -Discussions with Passman and [Name unintelligible]
                -Agency for International Development [AID]
                -Possible continuing resolution
                -Prospects for enactment of task force proposals

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 11:06 am

     President’s schedule
          -Wire services

Bull left at an unknown time before 11:33 am

     Task Force on International Development proposals
          -Prospects of legislative enactment
               -Dr. Thomas E. (“Doc”) Morgan
                     -House Foreign Services Committee
                     -Possible continuing resolution
               -Informal meetings
               -President’s position
               -Morgan
                     -Position
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 9/08)



                     -Actions
                -Possible meeting of President and Congressional leaders

Bull entered at an unknown time after 11:06 am

     President’s schedule
          -Medal of Honor ceremony
                                                                       Conv. No. 461-4 (cont.)
Bull left at an unknown time before 11:33 am

     Task Force on International Development proposals
          -Prospects of legislative enactment
               -MacGregor
               -Possible leaders’ meeting with President
               -Passman
               -Morgan
               -John T. Myers
               -Charles H. Percy
               -Robert P. Griffin
               -Possible support
               -Jacob K. Javits
               -Possible meeting with the President
                     -Congressional leaders
               -Timing
                     -Needs
                           -Fulbright
          -Funding
               -Military assistance, foreign aid
               -State Department
                     -Senate parliamentarian
                     -Mansfield
                     -Senate Foreign Relations Committee
                     -Defense Department
          -Forthcoming efforts
               -President’s position
          -Prospects for legislative enactment
               -Timetable
               -Efforts with Congress
               -P. G. Peterson’s role

     Foreign aid
          -Connection with trade, and economic policy
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                         Tape Subject Log
                                            (rev. 9/08)



                -Arthur F. Burns
                -Banking
                -State Department handling
                      -Foreign Service Officers
                -Commerce Department, Treasury Department, Agriculture Department, Labor
                      Department
                -Japan
           -National Security Council [NSC]                        Conv. No. 461-4 (cont.)
           -Lyndon B. Johnson
                -Oil import quotas, airlines
           -Supersonic Transport [SST]
                -Environmental concerns
                -Balance of payments concerns
                -Leadership position

     Farewells

The President, et al. left at 11:33 am