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Start Date: Wednesday, July 28, 1971 9:16 PM
End Date: Wednesday, July 28, 1971 10:22 PM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob"); Butterfield, Alexander P.; Ehrlichman, John D.; White House operator; Connally, John B.; Shultz, George P.; Sanchez, Manolo; Rogers, William P.;
Recording Device: Oval Office
Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:21:21
Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:19:23
On July 28, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Alexander P. Butterfield, John D. Ehrlichman, White House operator, John B. Connally, George P. Shultz, Manolo Sanchez, and William P. Rogers met in the Oval Office of the White House from 5:16 pm to 6:22 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 550-003 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 550-3 Conv. No. 550-1 (cont.) Date: July 28, 1971 Time: 5:16 pm - 6:22 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. The President's schedule -Elliot L. Richardson -Veteran’s legislation -Goals meeting -Welfare -The President's forthcoming conversation with Ronald W. Reagan -Timing -”Early Bird” group -Size -Purpose of event -John N. Mitchell -Clark MacGregor and William E. Timmons -Leslie C. Arends -Timing -Karl E. Mundt, Arends, William G. Bray, Joel T. Broyhill, Ancher Nelsen, Donald L. Jackson -Richardson meeting -John D. Ehrlichman -California trip -Reagan -Meeting with the President -Henry A. Kissinger Alexander P. Butterfield entered at 5:18 pm. -"Early Bird" Group -Arends’ attendance at reception -Stephen B. Bull 5 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/08) Butterfield left at 5:20 pm. -Richardson -Catholic war veterans group -Size Butterfield entered at 5:24 pm. -Arends -Postponement of reception -Rescheduling Butterfield left at 5:28 pm. -July 29, 1971 meeting with Sen. John G. Tower and Mitchell -Purpose of meeting -July 29, 1971 meetings -William D. Eberle -Martin C. (“Marty”) Anderson -Ehrlichman -Catholic War Veterans Spiro T. Agnew -Memorandum -News story -People’s Republic of China [PRC] initiative -Possible White House source for story -Relations with Robert H. Finch -Meeting with the President, William P. Rogers, Kissinger -Trip to Africa and Asia -Golf -Compared to the President's handling of trips Conservatives -Patrick J. Buchanan’s role White House staff -MacGregor, Finch, Daniel P. (“Pat”) Moynihan Congress -Arends, Michael J. (“Mike”) Mansfield 6 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/08) -Rogers The President's schedule -Morning schedule, July 29, 1971 -Tower, Mitchell Mitchell -Trip to Switzerland Conv. No. 550-3 (cont.) -Swiss Banks -Accounts -Trip to Great Britain -Meetings with foreign officials -Elizabeth II [Elizabeth, Queen of England] -[James] Harold Wilson -Switzerland White House staff -Finch, Donald H. Rumsfeld -Rumsfeld -Possible post -White House staff -Diplomatic assignment -Foreign travel Foreign travel by the President -Unknown place -Reception Steel industry [The President talked with Ehrlichman at an unknown time between 5:28 pm and 5:39 pm] [Conversation No. 550-3A] The President's schedule -Ehrlichman, George P. Shultz -Mitchell, Tower Steel industry -Status of labor negotiations [End of telephone conversation] 7 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/08) [Pause] [The President talked with the White House operator at 5:39 pm] [Conversation No. 550-3B] [See Conversation No. 7-18] Conv. No. 550-3 (cont.) [End of telephone conversation] Ehrlichman entered at an 5:39 pm. Welfare legislation -Status in Congress -The President's forthcoming meeting with Reagan -Ehrlichman's conversation with Richardson -Nelson A. Rockefeller The President's schedule -Forthcoming meeting with Rockefeller -New York trip -John A. Volpe -Trip report Department of Transportation -Volpe -Work -Requested policy work [The President talked with Connally between 5:41 pm and 5:43 pm] [Conversation No. 550-3C] [See Conversation No. 7-19] [End of telephone conversation] Shultz entered at 5:44 pm. Schedule -Meeting 8 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/08) Labor disputes -Railroads -Willie J. Usery, Jr. -Proposed meeting with Charles Luna Pentagon Papers Conv. No. 550-3 (cont.) Labor disputes -Railroads -James D. Hodgson -West Coast longshoremen -J. Curtis Counts -Meeting with Reagan, Tom McCall, Daniel J. Evans -Steel industry -Lack of progress -Evans meeting with Shultz Arthur F. Burns -The President's conversation with Connally -Meeting request -Previous meeting with the President -Burns’ stance -Ronald L. Ziegler's press comment Economy -1971, 1972 forecasts -Stock market -Profit statements -International economic situation -Effect on business community -Sales -Machine tools -Paul A. Volcker's view -Release of statistics -Budget figures -Balance of payments -Retail sales -International debt Schedule 9 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/08) Shultz left at 5:51 pm. Schedule -Shultz -Interruption of meetings Connally -Forthcoming Newsweek cover story Conv. No. 550-3 (cont.) -Compared to Agnew Economy -International economic news -Timing -July-August comparison -Steel -Budget -U.S. situation -Public attitude -Sales figures -Advertising -Balance of payments Manolo Sanchez entered at an unknown time after 5:51 pm. Refreshment Sanchez left at an unknown time before 6:00 pm. The President’s schedule -Shultz -Proposed telephone call -Ehrlichman -Bull -Schedule Ehrlichman left at 6:00 pm. The President's schedule -Shultz's interrupted meeting -Connally -Call to Rockefeller -New York businessmen 10 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/08) -Appropriations Committee -Raymond K. Price, Jr. -Forthcoming American Broadcasting Corporation [ABC] interview -Football questions -Vince Lombardi -Speech preparation -Length -Outdoor settings for speeches Conv. No. 550-3 (cont.) Meeting -Schedule decision -Effect of People’s Republic of China [PRC] initiative on the President's image Agnew -Memorandum to the President -White House news source -Haldeman -Perceptions -News story source -Finch -Haldeman -Bryce N. Harlow -Leonard Garment -PRC initiative -Moynihan [The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 6:00 pm and 6:04 pm] [Conversation No. 550-3D] [See Conversation No. 7-20] [End of telephone conversation] Agnew -White House staff -Moynihan -Kissinger The President's July 29, 1971 schedule -Shultz 11 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/08) -Time of meetings [The President and Haldeman talked with Rogers between 6:04 pm and 6:19 pm] [Conversation No. 550-3E] [See Conversation No. 7-21; two items have been withdrawn from the conversation] Conv. No. 550-3 (cont.) [End of telephone conversation] ********************************************************************** BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6 [Personal Returnable] [Duration: 22s ] END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6 ********************************************************************** The President and Haldeman left at 6:21 pm.