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Start Date: 10-Dec-1971 4:18 PM

End Date: 10-Dec-1971 5:11 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Woods, Rose MaryConnally, John B.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:34:59

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:27:27

636a.mp3

636b.mp3

NARA Description:

On December 10, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, Rose Mary Woods, and John B. Connally met in the Oval Office of the White House from 4:18 pm to 5:11 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 636-008 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 636-8

Date: December 10, 1971
Time: 4:18 pm - 5:11 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Rose Mary Woods
[The recording begins at an unknown time while the conversation is already in progress]

     Color picture
          -Location in the White House

John B. Connally entered at an unknown time after 4:18 pm.

     Woods’s schedule
         -Azores

The President and Connally talked with Walter Annenberg between 4:20 pm and 4:27 pm.

[Conversation No. 636-8A]
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                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                        Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 10/06)
                                                                     Conv. No. 636-8 (cont.)


[See Conversation No. 16-80; one item has been withdrawn from the conversation; Manolo
Sanchez can be heard in the background]

Woods left at 4:25 pm.

     Annenberg
         -Gift to the President
               -“Star of the President”
                     -Steuben


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     International monetary situation
           -British
                 -French
                      -Reforms

Sanchez entered at an unknown time after 4:27 pm.

     Gift from Annenberg
           -Design
           -Location

Sanchez left at an unknown time before 4:36 pm.

     Signing ceremony
          -Revenue Act of 1971
                -Ways and Means Committee
                -Senate
                     -Bi-partisanship
                                               10

                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                      Conv. No. 636-8 (cont.)


                          -Praise from the President
                -Wilbur D. Mills
                     -Location

     Connally's meeting with George P. Shultz
         -Budget
         -International monetary situation
                -Connally and Shultz’s view
                -Arthur F. Burns
                -Price of gold
                      -US compared to Europe
                -Meeting with the Canadians
                      -Timing
                -Japanese
                      -Delegation in Hawaii
                      -Unknown person’s trip to Japan
                            -Edwin S. Cohen
                            -John R. Petty
                            -Paul A. Volcker
                                  -Azores
                            -Trade Agreements
                                  -US representation in Japan
                                  -Agriculture
                                       -Potential negotiations

The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 4:27 pm and
4:36 pm.

[Conversation No. 636-8B]

[See Conversation No. 16-81]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Call from Burns

     The President’s schedule
          -Forthcoming meetings

The President talked with Arthur Burns between 4:36 pm and 4:42 pm.
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                        Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 10/06)
                                                                   Conv. No. 636-8 (cont.)


[Conversation No. 636-8C]

[See Conversation No. 16-82]

[End of telephone conversation]

     International monetary situation
           -French

     Pay Board

     Federal Reserve Board [FRB]
          -Membership
          -Frederic V. Malek's call to Connally
                -John E. Sheehan
                     -Louisville
          -Florida comptroller
          -Minneapolis
          -President’s instructions
                -Recommendation
                     -Sheehan
          -Appointment
                -Comparison to Supreme Court
                     -Warren E. Burger
                -Comparison to Federal Communications Commission [FCC], Federal Trade
                     Commission [FTC], Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC]

     Pay Board
          -Pay increases
                -Relations to past decisions

     Price Commission

     Pay Board
          -Quadriad meeting
          -Connally’s conversation with Donald H. Rumsfeld
          -Pay increases
                -Railroad brotherhoods
                -Strikes
          -Price Commission
                -Business actions
                                           12

                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                  Tape Subject Log
                                    (rev. 10/06)
                                                             Conv. No. 636-8 (cont.)


     -Phase I
           -Henry E. Ford, II
                 -Automobile sales
     -Burns
     -Labor
     -Executive director
     -Staff
           -Difficulties in organization
     -George H. Boldt
     -Phase II
     -[Rumsfeld]
     -Cost of Living Council [COLC]
           -Burns
           -Activities justified

International monetary situation
      -Azores trip
      -President’s instructions
            -Henry A. Kissinger
            -Georges J.R. Pompidou
            -Prime Minister of the Azores
            -Kissinger’s meeting with Pompidou
                 -William P. Rogers
                 -Price of gold
                        -Chances for an agreement
                        -US-French posturing
      -Japanese
      -Kissinger-Pompidou meeting
      -Edward R.G. Heath
            -Involvement in negotiations
                 -France
      -Germany
            -Willy Brandt
                        -Possible attitude
                             -Kissinger
                             -Berlin
                             -European security conference
                             -Revaluation of dollar
                                   -Amount
                             -France
      -Japan
                                            13

                        NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. 10/06)
                                                                     Conv. No. 636-8 (cont.)


              -Trade negotiations
                   -Negotiation style
                   -Compromise
              -Monetary issues
                   -Three Point program
                        -US prospects for a settlement

    India-Pakistan situation
          -East Pakistan
          -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR]
                -The President's meeting with [Vladimir V. Matskevich] and Yuli M. Vorontsov
                -Leonih I. Brezhnev


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    PAKISTAN


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              -US-USSR relations
                  -People’s Republic of China [PRC]
                  -Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]
                  -Trade agreement
                  -Settlement in the Middle East
                  -European security conference
                  -World War II
                  -The President’s view
                  -Cease-fire
                  -West Pakistan
                  -State Department
                  -Possible summit
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                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. 10/06)
                                                              Conv. No. 636-8 (cont.)


                     -Ceasefire
          -Carrier movement
          -Jordanian planes


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    PRC


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          -Brezhnev
               -Current relationship with US
                     -Risk
          -Connally’s view
               -East-West Pakistan split
                     -Preservation
          -Indonesia
          -Arab countries
               -Possible effects
          -PRC
          -USSR
               -West Pakistan
          -American public opinion
               -Possible impact
               -Letters
               -Non-involvement
                     -Connally’s talk with Kissinger
                     -USSR
                           -Negotiations
                     -Change in American psychology
                     -USSR
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                               Conv. No. 636-8 (cont.)


                     -Vietnam War

    The President's accomplishments
         -Praise from Connally
         -American psychology
               -Connally’s conversations
         -Congress
               -Domestic and foreign policy
         -Criticism
               -Effect


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    William H. Rehnquist
         -Joseph C. Kraft article
         -Louis D. Brandeis
         -Civil rights
         -Herbert L. Block
               -Cartoons
               -Washington Post
                     -“Letters to the Editors”
                          -Kraft
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                      Conv. No. 636-8 (cont.)


     Columns
         -Joseph W. Alsop
              -Tax bill
              -John D. Ehrlichman
                   -Telephone conversation with Edwin S. Cohen

Connally left at 5:11 pm.