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Start Date: 3-Aug-1972 11:12 AM

End Date: 3-Aug-1972 11:37 AM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Butterfield, Alexander P.Kissinger, Henry A.Bull, Stephen B.White House operator

Recording Device: Oval Office

760-014.mp3

NARA Description:

On August 3, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, Alexander P. Butterfield, Henry A. Kissinger, Stephen B. Bull, and the White House operator met in the Oval Office of the White House from 11:12 am to 11:37 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 760-014 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 760-14

Date: August 3, 1972
Time: 11:12 am - 11:37 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Alexander P. Butterfield.

             The President's schedule
                 -Adm. John S. McCain, Jr.'s retirement
                     -Retirement ceremony and dinner
                          -Location
                               -Hawaii
                          -Timing
                               -Possible message
                               -The President’s possible attendance at retirement ceremony
                                   -The President's forthcoming meeting with
                          Japanese leaders
                                   -Possible presentation of award

Henry A. Kissinger entered at 11:15 am.

Stephen B. Bull entered at 11:15 am.
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              The President’s forthcoming meeting
                  -List of attendees

Bull left at 11:15 am.

              The President’s forthcoming message to McCain
                  -McCain’s retirement dinner

Butterfield left at 11:15 am.

              Administration policy
                 -Debt ceiling
                      -Melvin R. Laird’s forthcoming statement
                           -Kissinger
                           -John D. Ehrlichman
                           -Caspar W. (“Cap”) Weinberger
                           -Laird’s support for the Administration’s policy
                      -Ehrlichman’s previous statement
                           -Today Show
                      -Laird


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 6m 57s     ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1

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              Clare Boothe Luce
                  -Previous telephone call to Kissinger
                      -Possible Presidential event at the East-West Center
                          -Effect
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                               -University of Hawaii
                                   -Possible opposition to event


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 3m 43s     ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2

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The President talked with the White House operator at 11:33 am.

[Conversation No. 760-14A]

[See Conversation No. 28-50]

[End of telephone conversation]

Bull entered at an unknown time after 11:33 am.

             [Laird’s forthcoming statement on the Administration’s debt ceiling]
                 -Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
                 -Ehrlichman
                 -Laird
                 -Ehrlichman

Bull left at an unknown time before 11:37 am.


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
[Personal returnable]
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[Duration: 2m 6s     ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3

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            The President’s forthcoming trip to Hawaii
                -Possible reception
                    -Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon
                         -The President's previous trip to the Soviet Union
                         -Compared to Adele (Langston) Rogers
                         -Wives of Japanese officials
                         -Possible event with Luce


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 26s        ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5

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            The President’s forthcoming trip to Hawaii
                -Forthcoming message to Kakuei Tanaka
                    -Participation of wives
                         -Mrs. Nixon
                         -Rogers

            People's Republic of China [PRC]
                -Soviet Union’s proposed nuclear nonaggression treaty
                     -PRC reaction
                         -Kissinger’s forthcoming meeting with PRC officials
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                               -New York

             West Germany
                -Possible establishment of diplomatic relations with the PRC
                    -Egon Bahr
                         -Soviet Union
                    -Kissinger’s view
                         -Gerhard Schroeder
                              -Socialists
                              -Christian Democrats
                              -Socialists
                         -PRC

             Kissinger’s forthcoming meeting with PRC officials
                 -Soviet Union

The White House operator talked with the President at an unknown time between 11:33 am and
11:37 am.

[Conversation No. 760-14B]

[See Conversation No. 28-51]

[End of telephone conversation]

             Kissinger's forthcoming meeting with PRC officials
                 -The President
                 -Vietnam

             Vietnam
                 -PRC
                 -Soviet Union
                 -North Vietnamese
                 -Telegram from Ellsworth F. Bunker
                     -North Vietnamese offer
                     -Kissinger’s forthcoming trip to Saigon
                          -Announcement

Kissinger left at 11:37 am.
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The President left at 11:38 am.