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Conversation: 255-040

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Start Date: 9-Jun-1971 4:38 PM

End Date: 9-Jun-1971 5:18 PM


Nixon, Richard M. (President)Graham, William F. ("Billy")Kissinger, Henry A.Reagan, Ronald W.Ehrlichman, John D.Cox, Tricia Nixon

Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 04:13:39

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 04:44:22




NARA Description:

On June 9, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, William F. ("Billy") Graham, Henry A. Kissinger, Ronald W. Reagan, John D. Ehrlichman, and Tricia Nixon Cox met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building from 4:38 pm to 5:18 pm. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 255-040 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 255-40

Date: June 9, 1971
Time: 4:38 pm - 5:18 pm
Location: Executive Office Building

William F. (“Billy”) Graham talked with the President

[Conversation No. 255-40A]

[See Conversation No. 4-102]

[End of telephone conversation]

Henry A. Kissinger entered at 4:48 pm



                                     Tape Subject Log
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          -Recent Graham rally

[Ronald W. Reagan talked with the President between 4:50 pm and 4:55 pm]

[Conversation No. 255-40B]

[See Conversation No. 4-103]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Reagan and the Young Americans for Freedom [YAF]

     Kissinger’s previous meeting with maritime unions
          -Jay Lovestone

[John D. Ehrlichman talked with the President between 4:55 pm and 5:00 pm]

[Conversation No. 255-40C]

[See Conversation No. 4-104]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Maritime unions
          -Thomas W. (“Teddy”) Gleason
                -Ship quotas
                -American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organization [AFL-CIO]
                -People’s Republic of China [PRC]
                     -American farmers
                     -Grain exports
          -Gleason and Lovestone
          -President’s approval of grain exports
          -Timing of PRC announcement
                -Clark MacGregor
                -Agriculture officials
                     -Jerry [Surname unknown]
                     -[Name unintelligible]

     William H. Sullivan


                                      Tape Subject Log
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     Xuan Thuy

     Melvin R. Laird’s prior speech at Air Force Academy
         -Casualties in Southeast Asia
                                                                       Conv. No. 255-40 (cont.)
     North Vietnam
               -Kissinger’s conversation with Thuy
                     -Military cease fire

           -US position
           -Soviet Union
           -Mao Tse-tung
           -Kissinger’s prior conversation with Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
                -Chou En-lai

     Soviet Union

     President’s popular support

     President compared to Democrats
          -Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]
          -Military support

     Vietnam negotiations
          -Military strength
          -Opponents in Congress
                -Michael J. (“Mike”) Mansfield
                      -Mansfield Resolution
                -Clark M. Clifford

[Tricia Nixon talked with the President between 5:15 pm and 5:18 pm]

[Conversation No. 255-40D]

[See Conversation No. 4-105]

                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
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[End of telephone conversation]

Kissinger left at 5:16 pm