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Conversation: 666-002

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Start Date: Monday, February 7, 1972 2:32 PM

End Date: Monday, February 7, 1972 4:54 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Sanchez, ManoloHaldeman, H. R. ("Bob")[Unknown person(s)]Ehrlichman, John D.Woods, Rose MaryZiegler, Ronald L.Bull, Stephen B.White House operatorBarnes, Donald F.Kissinger, Henry A.Lanusse, Alejandro A. (Gen.)

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:15:27

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 02:35:57

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666b.mp3

666c.mp3

NARA Description:

On February 7, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, Manolo Sanchez, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, unknown person(s), John D. Ehrlichman, Rose Mary Woods, Ronald L. Ziegler, Stephen B. Bull, White House operator, Donald F. Barnes, Henry A. Kissinger, and Gen. Alejandro A. Lanusse met in the Oval Office of the White House at an unknown time between 9:32 am and 11:54 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 666-002 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 666-2

Date: February 7, 1972
Time: Unknown before 9:32 am and 11:54 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Manolo Sanchez.

     [Unintelligible]

Sanchez left at an unknown time before 9:32 am.

H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman entered at 9:32 am.

     Instruction

     Vietnam negotiations
          -Xuan Thuy

An unknown person entered at an unknown time after 9:32 am.

     Executive Office Building [EOB]

The unknown person left at an unknown time before 10:35 am.
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                   Conv. No. 666-2 (cont.)


     Vietnam negotiations
          -Withdrawal
               -Prisoners of war [POWs]
          -Compared to October 1971
               -Possible advantages
          -Edmund S. Muskie’s plan


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 57m 32s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2

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[Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 9:32 am and 10:35 am.]

[Conversation No. 666-2A]

     Request for John D. Ehrlichman to come to the Oval Office

[End of telephone conversation]

     [No conversation]

Ehrlichman entered at 10:35 am.
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                                   Tape Subject Log
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                                                               Conv. No. 666-2 (cont.)


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 29s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3

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    The President’s schedule
         -Peter M. Flanigan’s memorandum
               -Compared to Peter G. Peterson’s
         -Forthcoming telephone call to Alejandro A. Lanusse
               -Suggested conversation

    [No conversation]

              -Memorandum
              -Forthcoming meeting with US attorneys
              -Henry A. Kissinger
                   -Flanigan

    Economic matters
    -International Monetary Fund [IMF]
          -Export-Import [Ex-Im] Bank
          -John B. Connally
          -Flanigan’s role
                -Kissinger
                      -Political
                -Connally
          -Diplomacy
          -Internal politics
                -Lanusse
                -IMF
          -Flanigan
                -Memorandum
                      -Peterson
                -Complexity of job
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                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                               Conv. No. 666-2 (cont.)


                    -Example
                         -Pantyhose
              -State Department
              -Treasury Department
         -Panty hose industry


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 11m 29s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4

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    Campaign finances
        -Robert L. Vesco
             -Donald A. Nixon
                   -Securities And Exchange Commission [SEC]
                   -F. Donald Nixon
                        -J. Willard Marriott, Jr.


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 14
[Privacy]
[Duration: 11s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 14

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                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                              Conv. No. 666-2 (cont.)


                          -Location
                    -John N. Mitchell
                    -William J. Casey
                    -F. Donald Nixon
                          -Marriott
                               -Finances
                                    -Political contribution


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 15
[Privacy]
[Duration: 10s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 15

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                         -Location


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 7m 4s ]


Rose Mary Woods entered at 10:59 am.


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6

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                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                              Conv. No. 666-2 (cont.)


    Personnel
         -“Official Family”
         -Kissinger
         -William P. Rogers
         -People’s Republic of China [PRC] trip
               -Rogers
         -State Department
               -Foreign policy briefing
                     -Wives and State Department staff
                     -Kissinger
                          -Joseph J. Sisco

    Cabinet and congressional leadership meeting
         -Rogers
         -Timing
         -Press
         -Kissinger


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 2m 46s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7

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    Roger Hull
        -Death
        -Presidential wreath
        -Note to [Rosalie (Paschal) Hull]
               -President’s instructions

    Ehrlichman’s trip to California
          -Leonard K. Firestone
               -Foundation
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                                         Tape Subject Log
                                           (rev. 10/06)
                                                                 Conv. No. 666-2 (cont.)



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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 8
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 3m 21s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 8

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Ronald L. Ziegler entered at 11:09 am.

     The President’s schedule

     PRC trip
         -Press list
               -Announcement
                     -Timing
         -Hawaii
         -Guam
         -Departure time
               -President’s instructions
         -Press list
               -Briefing
         -Patrick J. Buchanan
               -Questions
                     -John A. Scali
         -Subjects

Ziegler left at 11:12 am.
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                                      Tape Subject Log
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                                                                    Conv. No. 666-2 (cont.)


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 9
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 7m 53s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 9

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Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 11:12 am.

     Schedule
          -Rogers
          -Call to Lanusse
                -Donald F. Barnes

Bull left at an unknown time before 11:24 am.


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 10
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 3m 30s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 10

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[The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 11:12 am and
11:24 am.]

[Conversation No. 666-2B]

[See Conversation No. 20-46]
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                                         Tape Subject Log
                                           (rev. 10/06)
                                                                      Conv. No. 666-2 (cont.)


Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Woods left at 11:24 am.

Kissinger and Barnes entered at 11:24 am.

     The President on the line

[Barnes talked with an unknown colonel at an unknown time after 11:24 am; the President and
Kissinger can be heard in the background.]

[Conversation No. 666-2C]

     Colonel on the line

     Memorandum
        -Connally

     Georges J.R. Pompidou
          -Letter to the President
                -Economy
                      -Arthur F. Burns


[The President talked with Lanusse between 11:24 am and 11:41 am; Kissinger can be heard in
the background.]

[Conversation No. 666-2D]

[See Conversation No. 20-46]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Ziegler
          -Briefing

     President’s appreciation
          -Barnes’s translation

Bull entered at an unknown time after 11:41 am.

     President’s schedule
          -Ziegler
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                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                     Conv. No. 666-2 (cont.)


                -Forthcoming meeting
                -Film production
                     -Reception of diplomatic credentials
                -Meeting with attorneys [drug prosecution program]
                     -Length
                     -Egil (“Bud”) Krogh, Jr.
                     -Richard G. Kleindienst
           -Attorney General [John N. Mitchell]
                -Meeting
                     -Attendance

Bull left at an unknown time before 11:43 am.

     Mujibar Rahman
          -Compared to Sukarno
          -Aid to Pakistan

Ziegler entered at 11:43 am.

     Haldeman’s interview on Today show, February 7, 1972
          -Ziegler’s previous conversation with Haldeman
          -Ziegler briefing
                -Press
                      -Personal point of view
                      -Haldeman’s intent
                            -Critics of war
                            -Disunity
                      -Questions
                      -Ziegler’s talk with the President
                            -Possible agreement with Haldeman’s statement
          -Handling
                -President’s position
                      -Motives of critics
                -Ziegler’s strategy
          -Criticism
                -Effect
                      -Peace proposal
                            -Possible administration response
                -Muskie

     Xuan Thuy
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                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                Conv. No. 666-2 (cont.)


           -Negotiations
                 -Acknowledgement
           -Statements
                 -Agreement with administration
           -Gen. Nguyen Van Thieu
                 -Election
           -Military compared to political issues
                 -May 31, 1971 proposal
                       -Proposed details
                 -Thieu
                       -Election
                 -President’s instructions
                 -Rogers
                 -Political condition
                 -North Vietnamese
                       -Propaganda
                       -Negotiations
                       -Transcript

Ziegler left at an unknown time before 11:54 am.

     Vietnam negotiations
          -Military compared to political issues
                -August 971
                -May 31, 1971

Bull entered at an unknown time after 11:43 am.

     Kleindienst
          -Arrival

The President, Kissinger, and Bull left at 11:54 am.
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                                        Tape Subject Log
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