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Start Date: 27-Mar-1972 12:06 PM

End Date: 27-Mar-1972 12:55 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haig, Alexander M., Jr.

Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:26:03

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:11:42

328a.mp3

328b.mp3

328c.mp3

NARA Description:

On March 27, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Alexander M. Haig, Jr. met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building from 12:06 pm to 12:55 pm. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 328-004 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 328-4

Date: March 27, 1972
Time: 12:06 pm - 12:55 pm
Location: Executive Office Building

The President met with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

     Greeting

     Possible message to Edward R.G. Heath
          -Northern Ireland
               -The President’s view
                     -US Senators
                     -Administration
                          -State Department
                          -White House

     William Warnack
          -Contact with the Administration

     US foreign policy
          -Africa
                -Rhodesia
                     -Haig’s view
                          -Health
                                         4

                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                Tape Subject Log
                                  (rev. 10/06)
                                                            Conv. No. 328-4 (cont.)


                -Sanctions
                      -British proposals
          -The President’s view
                -Heath
                -Future
          -Haig’s view
          -Black Americans
                -Protests
                      -Wage demands
                      -Teachers
     -Marshall Green’s previous trip to Asia
          -Henry A. Kissinger
     -Kissinger’s work
          -People’s Republic of China [PRC]
          -Forthcoming Soviet summit
                -Cooperation with the State Department
                      -Leonid i. Brezhnev
                            -William P. Rogers
                            -Substance
     -Green’s performance
          -Haig’s view
                -US aid
                -Taiwan, Republic of China
                -PRC trip
          -Quality of work

Kissinger
     -Conflicts with Rogers
          -Depth of conflict
     -Democrats strategy
          -Kissinger’s lack of responsibility to Congress
     -Rogers’s role as a spokesman
          -Forthcoming trip to the Soviet Union
                -Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]
          -Forthcoming trip to Europe
                -Iceland
                                             5

                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                              Conv. No. 328-4 (cont.)


    The President’s forthcoming trip to the Soviet Union
         -Possible stopovers
              -Iceland
              -Iran
              -Poland
                     -Haig’s view


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
[National Security]
[Duration: 1m 27s ]


    POLAND


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1

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                    -Possible visit by Rogers
                    -Possible visit by Spiro T. Agnew
                         -Polish-Americans
                               -Agnew’s work
                         -The President’s view
                                             6

                        NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                   Tape Subject Log
                                     (rev. 10/06)
                                                             Conv. No. 328-4 (cont.)


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2
[National Security]
[Duration: 47s ]


    SOVIET UNION


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2

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    Germany
        -International agreements
              -Haig’s view
                    -Economics
                    -Politics
                          -Egon Bahr
              -Berlin agreement
              -Haig’s view
                    -Willy Brandt
                    -Economics
        -Rogers’s and Agnew’s trips
        -The President’s trip
              -Stopover
                    -Nonofficial stops
                    -Cyprus
                          -Greece
                    -Ireland
                          -John W. Mulcahy
                    -Azores
                    -North Africa
                          -Morocco
                    -Azores
                    -Ireland
                                              7

                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                        Conv. No. 328-4 (cont.)


    Cuba
           -Unknown Cuban


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
[National Security]
[Duration: 25s ]


    CUBA


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3

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    Middle East
        -The President’s forthcoming memorandum
              -Kissinger’s view
                    -Israel
        -Cease fire
        -US policy
              -Soviets military presence
                    -Eastern Mediterranean
                    -Middle East
                    -US presence
                    -Possible withdrawal
                          -Israeli territorial concessions
                          -Kissinger’s view
                                -1970 election
                                       -The President’s previous conversation with Anatoliy F.
                                              Dobrynin
                                              -The President’s view
                                                   -State Department
        -Willingness of Soviets to deal with the US
        -Outcome of 1972 election
              -Jewish vote
              -Jewish media
                                     8

                NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                            Tape Subject Log
                              (rev. 10/06)
                                                     Conv. No. 328-4 (cont.)


            -Kissinger
            -New York Times
            -Washington Post
            -Television networks
      -Votes for the President
            -Non-Israel oriented foreign policy
            -Opposition to the Soviet Union
-Joseph J. Sisco’s view
-Soviet presence
-US presence
      -Arab nations
            -United Arab Republic [UAR]
            -Algeria
            -Libya
            -Israel
            -Syria
            -Iraq
            -US problems
-Israel
      -Haig’s view
-1972 election
      -Democratic victory
            -US policy
      -Republican victory
            -Soviet interest in negotiation
-Major issues at the Soviet summit
-Israel
      -Timing of the US action
            -1972 election
            -Impact on soviets
      -Soviet intentions
      -Max M. Fisher’s views
      -Policy
            -Haig’s view
      -Kissinger
            -State Department
                  -Sisco
-Soviet intentions
      -Seriousness
      -Israel
            -Haig’s view
                                              9

                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                               Conv. No. 328-4 (cont.)


                          -Policy
                          -Concern for the PRC
                          -Desire for settlement with the US
         -US interests
              -Relationship with Israel


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4
[National Security]
[Duration: 1m 37s ]


    ISRAEL


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4

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              -1972 election
                    -Kissinger
         -Soviets
              -Influence in the Mediterranean
              -US strengths and weaknesses
         -Golda Meir

    Morocco
        -Unknown man’s vacation

    Public officials foreign policy
         -Ambassadors
                -Drinking on airplanes
                      -Congressmen
                            -Wayne L. Hays
         -Rogers
         -Arthur K. Watson
                -Public conduct
                      -The President’s view
                                       10

                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                               Tape Subject Log
                                 (rev. 10/06)
                                                              Conv. No. 328-4 (cont.)


               -J. William Fulbright

Arms control
    -The President’s previous meeting with the General Advisory Committee on Arms
          Control and Disarmament
    -Test ban treaty
    -J[ack] P[hilip] Tuina
          -Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT]
    -American establishment
          -Lauris Norstad
          -William W. Scranton
          -John J. McCloy
    -Gerard C. Smith
    -Submarine-launched Ballistic Missiles [SLBMs]
          -Communiqué
          -Department of Defense
                -Congressional support
                      -Navy
                -Melvin R. Laird
                      -Support
          -Congress
          -Joint Chiefs of Staff [JCS]
                -Adm. Thomas H. Moorer’s concern
          -State department
                -Rogers
          -Laird
          -Smith
                -Negotiations with the soviets
          -The President’s view
    -The President’s previous trip to the PRC
          -Changes in negotiations
          -Donald McI. Kendall’s view
                -Soviet Union
                -PRC
    -Soviet leadership
          -Leonid I. Brezhnev
                -Détente
                      -Berlin agreement
                      -PRC

Soviet Union
                                             11

                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                 Conv. No. 328-4 (cont.)


           -Impact of the PRC trip
                -Chinese motives
                -Benefits for the US
           -Relations with the PRC

     Kissinger’s vacation
          -Acapulco
                -Climate
          -Necessity

     Handling of US foreign policy
         -Northern Ireland
         -State Department

     Kissinger
          -Travel

Haig left at 12:55 pm.