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Conversation: 034-013

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Start Date: Tuesday, December 5, 1972 1:03 AM

End Date: Tuesday, December 5, 1972 1:16 AM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")

Recording Device: White House Telephone

034-013.mp3

NARA Description:

On December 4, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman talked on the telephone from 8:03 pm to 8:16 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 034-013 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 34-13

Date: December 4, 1972
Time: 8:03 pm - 8:16 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.

       Vietnam negotiations
            -The President’s recent conversation with Col. Richard T. Kennedy
                  -North Vietnam stance
                  -Possible break off of talks
                        -Henry A. Kissinger’s view
            -Possible break off
                  -Possible television [TV] statement by the President
                        -The President’s view
                               -Possible failure
                        -Alternative
                               -Kissinger’s return
                        -Kissinger’s view
                               -Timing
                                     -US bombing
                        -The President’s view
                               -Press relations
                               -Timing
                               -Kissinger’s return
                               -Bombing
                                     -Newness of tactics
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                   NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Dec.-07)

                                                              Conversation No. 34-13 (cont’d)

                               -Public relations [PR]
                                     -Hopes
                        -Kissinger’s view
                        -Haldeman’s view
                               -Newness of tactics
                        -Alternative
                               -Kissinger’s return
                        -The President’s view
                               -PR
                                     -Continuation of bombing
                        -Kissinger’s possible statement upon return
                        -Kissinger’s recent public statement
                        -North Vietnam’s recent public statements
             -The President’s recent conversation with Kennedy
                  -Instruction for Kissinger
                        -US stance
                               -Hard-line
                                     -Nguyen Van Thieu
                                     -Domestic front
                                            -Coalition government

      Poll
             -Timing

      Vietnam negotiations
           -Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
                -View
           -PR
                -Repeating past successes
                       -Kissinger and Haig
                       -Cambodia, November 3, 1969, May 8, 1972
           -Resumption
                -Timing
           -Mood of meetings
                -Kissinger’s December 3, 1972 message

      The President’s schedule
           -John B. Connally, George P. Shultz, Helene (Colesie) Drown

An unknown person entered at an unknown time between 8:03 pm and 8:16 pm.
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                   NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Dec.-07)