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Start Date: Friday, June 11, 1971 1:37 PM

End Date: Friday, June 11, 1971 2:36 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Sanchez, ManoloHaldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Kissinger, Henry A.Bull, Stephen B.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:01:54

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 00:54:13

517a.mp3

517b.mp3

517c.mp3

NARA Description:

On June 11, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, Manolo Sanchez, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Henry A. Kissinger, and Stephen B. Bull met in the Oval Office of the White House from 9:37 am to 10:36 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 517-004 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 517-4

Date: June 11, 1971
Time: 9:37 am - 10:36 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Manolo Sanchez


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Sanchez left and H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman entered at 9:39 am

Henry A. Kissinger entered at 9:40 am


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Kissinger meeting with Lyndon B. Johnson
     -Molly Furness [possibly Betty Furness?]
     -Clark M. Clifford

Lawrence F. O’ Brien, Jr. statement in Christian Science Monitor
    -Godfrey Sperling, Jr. breakfast
    -President’s handling of Vietnam
    -Edward M. (“Ted”) Kennedy attack on President               Conv. No. 517-4 (cont.)
          -Content of Kennedy statement

Vietnam
     -Content of Kennedy attack on President
           -Robert J. Dole rebuttal
           -Hubert H. Humphrey
     -Walter L. Cronkite, Jr. and Arthur O. Sulzberger
           -Administration attack on Clifford
                 -Ronald L. Ziegler
                 -Johnson’s reaction
                       -Burning Tree Country Club
                       -Effect of Clifford attack on President
                       -President’s contact with Hanoi
     -Clifford attack on President
            -Support of newsmen
     -Kissinger’s trip to New York
           -Time commitment
           -Contact with Sulzberger
           -Talks with [Forename unknown] Franco, Henry Hubbard, Dan Rather
     -Rather comment
     -Negotiations
     -Press
           -Negotiations
                 -Hanoi
                 -Clifford
           -Xuan Thuy
           -Dr. David K. E. Bruce
           -Problems of coverage
                 -Clifford
                 -French newsmen
     -Working dinner on the Sequoia, June 10
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              -William P. Rogers
              -John B. Connally
              -John D. Ehrlichman
              -Drug policy
         -Recall of five ambassadors
              -Meeting
         -Rogers
              -Vietnam prisoners of war [POWs]
              -Press conference
              -POWs for withdrawal
              -Effect of press coverage
         -POW problem
              -In relation to casualties
                     -Eventual freeing
                     -H. Ross Perot
                           -Connally’s reaction
                           -Plan to visit POWs
                     -Reduction of emphasis
                     -Melvin R. Laird’s role
                     -Reduction in POW emphasis
                     -POWs as an issue
                           -Treatment
                     -Drug problem
                     -Dr. Jerome H. Jaffe
              -Shift in opinion of media and Congress
         -George S. McGovern-Mark O. Hatfield debate
              -Bipartisan House of Representatives resolution
              -Timing
              -Effect
              -Administration prospects
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          -Jacob K. Javits dinner
                -George P. Shultz
                -Ehrlichman
                -Earl L. Butz [?]
                -Professor [Forename unknown] Erickson
                -Administration invitees
                -Frank F. Church conversation with Kissinger
                      -McGovern-Hatfield prospects                      Conv. No. 517-4 (cont.)
                            -Need for cooperation between Senate and President
                            -Senate Resolution
                                  -Content
                            -Previous dinner party
                                  -Church remark
          -Critics of Administration
                -Real fears
                      -People’s Republic of China [PRC] initiative
                      -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] initiative
                      -Prospects of war’s end
                -Clark MacGregor
                      -Houston Congressmen
                -Bipartisan criticism
                -Republican role
                -Republican self-image
                -MacGregor
                      -Congressional contacts
                            -Proffering of compromise resolutions
                            -Michael J. (“Mike”) Mansfield role
                -Congressional actions
                      -Confidence of critics
                      -Impression of President
                      -Administration’s response
                      -Mansfield

Stephen B. Bull entered at unknown time after 9:42 am

     President’s schedule

Bull left at unknown time before 10:33 am

     Vietnam
          -Polls
                -Effect of criticism
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      -Nature of criticism
      -Benefit of initiatives
            -PRC
            -USSR
      -Strategy of North Vietnamese
            -Illusion of progress
                  -Public reaction
                  -June 26                                       Conv. No. 517-4 (cont.)
      -Kissinger memo to President
            -Xuan Thuy interview
                  -Separation of military and political issues
                  -Implications
      -Casualties
            -Related to earlier numbers
            -John A. Scali role
                  -Press relations
            -Cambodia
            -Laos

PRC
      -Trade efforts
           -State Department involvement
                 -Rogers
                       -Winthrop G. Brown
                 -Press release
                 -State contribution
                 -Commerce Department
                 -Shipping requirements
                       -Peter G. Peterson
                       -Kissinger
                             -Labor contacts
                             -Jay Lovestone
      -Labor complaints
           -George Meany
                 -American bottoms
                 -Assurances to Kissinger
                 -Harry Bridges
                 -Thomas W. (“Teddy”) Gleason
      -Packaging
      -Union contacts
           -Shultz role
           -Willie J. Usery, Jr.
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                -Gleason
                -Grain
     -Press play
           -Credit to President
     -PR role
           -Rogers’ role
           -Brown’s role
           -Ziegler briefing                                    Conv. No. 517-4 (cont.)
                 -Quality
           -Scali public relations session
                 -Scali qualities
     -PRC trade
           -Marshall Green
           -Early criticism
     -Press release
           -Wording
                 -Secretary of State
                 -Secretary of Commerce
           -Details of trade initiation
                 -President’s role
                 -John N. Irwin, II
     -State Department
           -Spy from White House

International economics
      -Connally
           -Chile problems
           -Expropriation of US Industry
                 -Guyana
                 -Chile
                 -Jamaica
                 -Long-term effect
      -Rogers
           -Primacy of US law
           -Expropriation
                 -Effect on US business
      -US competitive position
           -Peterson’s report
           -Industry by industry
                 -Robert B. Anderson statement in 1959 comparison
                 -Peter M. Flanigan
                 -Comparison with Great Britain
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                 -Economic decline
     -US technology
           -Rogers’ discussion with Willy Brandt
                 -Cooperation on Supersonic Transport [SST]
     -German-American cooperation
           -Status of US SST
           -Advantages of SST over Concorde and Soviet SST
           -Money and technology                            Conv. No. 517-4 (cont.)
           -Flanigan
                 -Japanese
                 -Germans
           -Cost to US
                 -Loss of technological leadership
           -Benefit to US
                 -Tie to Germany
           -Possible reaction by the British and French
           -German-Soviet relations
     -Connally
     -Criticism
     -European economic union
     -Economic versus Defense integration
     -Benefits
-Guyana
     -US position
     -Security for loans
     -Kissinger’s call to Connally
-Chile
     -Boeing 707 deal
           -Export-Import [Ex-Im] Bank role
                 -Henry Kearns
           -Chile’s reaction
           -Banking conditions preventing expropriation
-Chile
     -Connally
                 -Need for action
                 -Public perception
           -State Department
                 -Pakistan
                 -Brazil
     -Kissinger
           -Assassination of Right Wing Christian Democrat
                 -Blame of Central Intelligence Agency [CIA]
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                    -Martial law
                    -Attack on US
              -Military Support
                    -Levels
                    -Comparison to Brazil
              -Kissinger’s call to Connally

    State Department personnel                               Conv. No. 517-4 (cont.)
          -Flanigan appointment
               -Nathanial Samuels
               -Tie to Peterson
               -Benefits
                     -White House contacts
               -Irwin


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              -Direction of Flanigan effort
              -Benefits
                   -Feedback on State Department personnel
              -Flanigan White House role

    International economics
          -Loans
               -Pierre-Paul Schweitzer
               -International Monetary Fund [IMF]
               -Pakistan
               -Recipients of loans
          -World Bank criteria for loans
               -Connally
                     -Robert S. McNamara and Schweitzer
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                          -Ideological views
                               -Effect on policy
              -McNamara meeting with Kissinger
                    -Pakistan Aid
              -Kissinger’s talk with Connally
                    -IMF
              -Ideological considerations
                    -Foreign governments’ domestic policies   Conv. No. 517-4 (cont.)
                    -US reaction
                    -Double standard
                          -Czechoslovakia
                          -PRC
         -Chile
              -Military aid
              -Salvador Allende Gossens
                    -Movement to one-party state
                    -Ex-Im Bank meeting
                          -General feeling
                    -Press control
                    -Treatment of military
                    -Police control
              -Arguments for US pressure
                    -Further aid
              -Connally
              -Maurice H. Stans
                    -Interest


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    FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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         -Brazil
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               -Support for US
               -Territorial water limits
                     -Military nature of government
               -William M. Rountree role
               -International coffee agreement
                     -Message to ambassador
                     -Congressional action
                           -Reasons                           Conv. No. 517-4 (cont.)
               -Forthcoming visit to US
               -Message to ambassador
         -Latin America section of State Department
               -Ideological leanings
               -Charles A. Meyer’s role
                     -Contact with Anastasio Somoza Debayle
                           -Liberalization of government
               -Contact with Allende

    Kissinger call to Connally

    Meeting with Brazilian ambassador to US


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    FOREIGN RELATIONS


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         -Fishing problems
         -Congressional problems with coffee agreement
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     FOREIGN RELATIONS                                                 Conv. No. 517-4 (cont.)


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Kissinger and Haldeman left 10:36 am