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Conversation: 022-159

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Start Date: Sunday, April 16, 1972 8:35 PM

End Date: Sunday, April 16, 1972 8:54 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Kissinger, Henry A.

Recording Device: White House Telephone

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 06:03:17

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 06:22:18

022-159.mp3

NARA Description:

On April 16, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Henry A. Kissinger talked on the telephone from 3:35 pm to 3:54 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 022-159 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 22-159

Date: April 16, 1972
Time: 3:35 pm - 3:54 pm
Location: White House Telephone

Henry A. Kissinger talked with the President.

     Vietnam
          -Report from Alexander M. Haig, jr.
               -Air strikes
                     -Success
               -Talk With Ellsworth F. Bunker
               -Talk With Gen. James F. Hollingsworth
                               128

              NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                         Tape Subject Log
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           -Third Corps
           -Route 13
                 -Unknown cities
           -B-52s
           -An Loc
                 -Situation
                       -Enemy movement
                             -Tanks
                             -Artillery
                       -Stabilization
                       -Air strikes
     -Tactical situation
           -21st Armored Division
           -5th Division
           -Duong Van Minh
                 -Third Corps
     -North Vietnamese losses
           -Hollingsworth’s estimates
                 -Tanks
                       -T-54s [?]
           -An Loc
                 -Morale of garrison
     -Army of the Republic of Vietnam [ARVN] morale
           -Vietcong
     -I Corps
     -Fourth Corps
     -Con Tien
           -Survey team
                 -Change in attitude
                       -US aircraft
                       -US naval reinforcements
     -Rebuilding
     -Future strategy
-US position
     -Kissinger’s view
           -Kissinger’s schedule
                 -Liberals
           -Cambodia
-David K.E. Bruce
-Arthur F. Burns
     -Comment to Rose Mary Woods
           -Support for the President’s stands
                                              129

                        NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. 10/06)



         -Soviet Union
               -Navigator
               -Pilot
         -Criticism
         -Victory
         -ARVN
               -Blockade
         -Haig’s report
               -North Vietnamese losses
         -Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, jr.
               -Use of US power
               -Reinforcements
         -Air strikes
               -Number of sorties
               -B-52s
                      -Effectiveness
               -Tactical aircraft
                      -Phantoms
                           -Israelis
                           -US


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
[National Security]
[Duration: 42s ]


    PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA [PRC]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1

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         -Soviet Union and PRC
              -Hanoi
         -Soviet Union
              -German Treaty
              -Kissinger’s forthcoming trip
                                       130

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                                Tape Subject Log
                                  (rev. 10/06)



     -B-52 strike
          -Richard M. Helms talk with Kissinger
     -Lyndon B. Johnson strategy
          -The President’s view

Kissinger’s meeting with an unknown person

Kissinger’s forthcoming meeting with the President
     -Kissinger’s forthcoming trip to Moscow
     -The President’s schedule
           -Camp David
     -Date
     -Kissinger’s schedule
           -Message to Chinese
     -The President’s schedule
           -Domestic issues
           -Kissinger’s preparations
           -Camp David
                 -Kissinger’s arrival for meeting
                      -Plans

Kissinger’s forthcoming trip to Moscow
     -William P. Rogers
           -Notification of Kissinger’s trip
                 -Haig and Haldeman
                 -Kissinger’s meeting with the North Vietnamese and Soviets
                       -Date
                       -Paris
                       -Kissinger’s departure
                       -Results
                       -Possible conversation between Rogers and Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
                       -Message from Leonid I. Brezhnev
                             -Substance
                       -Haldeman and Haig
                       -Need for notification
                       -Possible US-North Vietnam meeting in Paris
                       -Soviet request
                             -Kissinger discussion of Vietnam matter
                             -Possible attendance of North Vietnamese
                             -Private meetings
                                   -Arrangements
                       -Rogers’s knowledge of private meetings
                                               131

                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)



                                -Haig
                                -The President’s talking paper
                                -Kissinger’s previous talks with Rogers
                                -Receipt of talking paper

     Haig’s return

     Kissinger’s departure
          -Kissinger’s forthcoming meeting with the President
                -Kissinger’s schedule
                     -Dinner party
                           -Newspaper editors
                           -Appearance
                     -Departure
          -The President’s travel plans
                -Key Biscayne
                -Camp David
                     -Advantages
                     -Privacy
                     -Ronald L. Ziegler

     The President’s schedule
          -Forthcoming reception for editors
          -Camp David