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Conversation: 504-002

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Start Date: Thursday, May 27, 1971 1:33 PM

End Date: Thursday, May 27, 1971 2:01 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Woods, Rose MaryKissinger, Henry A.Bull, Stephen B.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:20:09

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 00:54:16

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NARA Description:

On May 27, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Rose Mary Woods, Henry A. Kissinger, and Stephen B. Bull met in the Oval Office of the White House from 9:33 am to 10:01 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 504-002 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 504-2

Date: May 27, 1971
Time: 9:33 am - 10:01 am
Location: Oval Office

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

     President's schedule
          -State Department
          -William P. Rogers

     [No conversation]

     [Unintelligible]

     Heads of State visits
         -Blair House
               -Visitors
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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
[National Security]
[Duration: 18s ]

                                                                     Conv. No. 504-2 (cont.)
     SAUDI ARABIA


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1

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                      -Senegal
                             -Unknown person
                      -Accommodations
          -President's trips
                -Bangkok, Thailand
                      -Accommodations
          -Blair House
                -Haldeman's memo to Emil (“Bus”) Mosbacher, Jr.
          -Senegal
                -Forthcoming visit by Leopold Sedar Senghor, June 18, 1971

     President's future meeting
          -J. Edgar Hoover
                 -Newspapers
                 -Television
                 -President's attitude
                 -Vietnam War
                 -Polls
                 -Age
                 -Federal Bureau of Investigations [FBI]

Rose Mary Woods entered at an unknown time after 9:33 am.
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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 3m 15s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2                                               Conv. No. 504-2 (cont.)

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            -John D. Ehrlichman

    Press
            -Unknown woman
            -Wire service people
            -George W. Cornell, Frank Cormier, Helen A. Thomas, Bill Tice [?]
                 -Writing
            -Raymond K. Price, Jr.'s writing
            -Writings about President's southern trip
            -Dan Rather
                 -President's southern trip
                       -Crowds
                             -Numbers
                             -Signs
                       -Commentary

    President's southern trip
         -George C. Wallace
                -Party
                      -Unknown persons
         -Lawrence F. O'Brien, Jr.
                -North
                -Press conference
                      -Double standard
                -South
         -Blacks
                -Kennedy family
         -[Dwight] David, II and Julie Nixon Eisenhower
         -Press coverage
                -Television
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          -Texas
          -Democrats
          -Unknown persons
          -Wallace


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                                                           Conv. No. 504-2 (cont.)
BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 29s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7

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Woods left at 9:38 am.


     Head of State visits
          -Henry A. Kissinger
          -William P. Rogers
          -Foreign visitors
                -Senghor
          -President's press conference
                -Date
          -Africans


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
[National Security]
[Duration: 3s ]


     HEAD OF STATE VISITS


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
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            -Accommodations
                 -Blair House
                 -Duration of stay

    Hoover
        -Press                                                  Conv. No. 504-2 (cont.)

    Staff
            -Responses to press
                 -Richard A. Moore
                 -Ronald L. Ziegler
                 -Herbert G. Klein
                 -John A. Scali

    Haldeman's possible daily meetings
         -Scali
         -Klein
         -Moore
         -Charles W. Colson

    Responses to press stories
        -Hoover
        -California earthquake
        -Press play for President
        -Arts and theater coverage
        -Funeral for policeman [Waverly M. Jones]
        -Murder of Black girl
              -Calls to Haldeman
        -Police
        -Murders in California
        -Murder of a Black girl
              -President’s response
                    -Letter
              -Account
              -Racial tension

    Police
         -Colson
         -Ziegler
              -Letter
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Woods entered at 9:45 am.

     Invitation to unknown person
           -Kissinger

Woods left at 9:46 am.
                                                                 Conv. No. 504-2 (cont.)
     President's schedule
          -Working lunches and dinners
                 -Willy Brandt
                 -Edward R.G. Heath
                 -Brandt
                 -Size
                 -Criticism


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 1m 15s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4

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     Congress
         -Harold E. Hughes amendment vote on May 26, 1971


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 25s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5
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    President’s schedule
         -Governor Luis Ferre
               -Duration of stay in Washington
               -Meeting with the President, May 28, 1971
                     -Symbolism                                    Conv. No. 504-2 (cont.)
         -Egil G. (“Bud”) Krogh and Ehrlichman
               -President's forthcoming meeting
         -President's forthcoming meeting with Rogers

    Certificates of appreciation
          -High schools
          -Cub Scouts
          -Reserve Office Training Corps [ROTC]
                -High schools
          -Presidential visits
                -Birmingham, Alabama
                -Los Angeles
                -San Clemente

    News of the day
        -Hoover
        -Television
        -Murders of police
              -Funerals
                    -Ethnic and racial aspect
              -President’s response
                    -Announcement of forthcoming police meeting, June 3, 1971
        -Drug problem
              -Department of Health, Education, and Welfare [HEW]
                    -Elliot L. Richardson
                    -Robert H. Finch
                    -Hard line
                          -Psychiatrists
                          -Drug dealers
                          -Marijuana
                    -Cures
                          -Methadone
              -President's role
                    -Moral leadership
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                -Children
                -National speech to be made by President
                     -Radio speech
                     -Schools
                     -Educational television
                           -Speech with charts
                     -Speeches on foreign and domestic policy
                           -Alabama youth                             Conv. No. 504-2 (cont.)
                     -College lecture
                     -Colloquial style

Kissinger entered at 9:57 am.

     Rogers meeting
         -Before lunch

     President’s schedule
          -Rogers meeting
          -King Faisal meeting

     Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]
           -Latest developments
           -Kissinger's meeting with Anatoliy F. Dobrynin, May 27, 1971
           -Unknown person in Vienna

Stephen Bull entered at an unknown time after 9:57 am.

     Thelma C.(“Pat”) Nixon's schedule

Bull left at an unknown time before 10:01 am.

     SALT
         -Vladimir S. Semenov

     US relations with Soviet Union
          -Leonid I. Brezhnev Doctrine
                -Prague
          -United Arab Republic [UAR]
          -Character of relations
                -Soviets
          -Russians
                -People’s Republic of China [PRC]
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           -Summit
               -Semenov
                    -News summary
               -Negotiations
                    -Timing
               -Possible date

Kissinger left at 10:01 am.                                            Conv. No. 504-2 (cont.)