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Start Date: 26-Dec-1971 12:16 PM

End Date: 26-Dec-1971 1:43 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haig, Alexander M., Jr.Cox, Tricia Nixon

Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 03:17:24

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 03:42:52

310a.mp3

310b.mp3

310c.mp3

NARA Description:

On December 26, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, Alexander M. Haig, Jr., and Tricia Nixon Cox met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building at an unknown time between 12:16 pm and 1:43 pm. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 310-030 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 310-30

Date: December 26, 1971
Time: Unknown between 12:16 pm and 1:43 pm
Location: Executive Office Building

The President met with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

     President's call to Adm. Thomas H. Moorer, December 26th

     Vietnam
          -Weather
          -Bombing raids
              -Plane losses

     India-Pakistan conflict
           -Zulfikar Ali Bhutto


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                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                Tape Subject Log
                                  (rev. 10/06)
                                                               Conv. No. 310-30 (cont.)


Haig
       -Opinion on Vietnam

Bangladesh
    -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] forces
          -Strength

Kissinger
     -People's Republic of China [PRC] and USSR trips
     -Relations with the press
           -Proper role
                 -Press backgrounder
           -Highly charged
                 -Emotional
     -Relations with State Department
     -Personality
     -PRC and USSR trips
     -Relations with the press
           -Azores trip
           -Reaction from the Administration
     -Personality
           -Haig’s view
     -Press relations
           -“Off the record” comments by Kissinger
           -Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Cincinnati newspapers
     -Washington Post
           -“No one gets hurt” stance
                 -Kissinger
                       -Possible overexposure
     -President’s schedule
           -Potential for more press conferences in upcoming year
     -President's relations with the press
           -Advice for Kissinger
     -William P. Rogers and William H. Sullivan
           -Unknown backgrounder
     -John A. Scali
           -Assistance [?]
     -Ronald L. Ziegler
           -Kissinger
     -PRC trip
           -Scale
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                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                Tape Subject Log
                                  (rev. 10/06)
                                                                Conv. No. 310-30 (cont.)


     -Bangladesh
     -Rogers' press conference
           -Kissinger’s concern over press conference
           -Vietnam
                 -Hard-line stance
                 -Story in the New York Times and the Washington Post
           -John F. Kennedy memorandum
                 -Non-binding
           -Vietnam
     -Leslie T. (“Bob”) Hope
           -Attempt to free the Prisoners of War [POWs]
     -Vietnam
           -John F. Kennedy
     -Kissinger's world report
           -Importance of report
           -Press backgrounder
                 -Backgrounder’s skill
     -India-Pakistan War
           -West Pakistan's military strength
     -US relations with PRC
           -US credibility
           -USSR
                 -Show of strength in the Middle East [?]

President’s instructing
     -Kissinger
     -Haig's relations with Rogers
           -Kissinger’s attitudes
     -Press
           -Methods
           -President’s past experiences
     -Upcoming Summit meeting with Great Britain and USSR [?]
           -Kissinger’s presence at meetings
           -Possible risks
                  -Economics
     -Kissinger's meeting with Georges J.R. Pompidou
           -Kissinger’s role
                  -Valery Giscard D'estaing
                  -Rogers
                  -John B. Connally
                        -Maurice Schumann [?]
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                               Conv. No. 310-30 (cont.)



     Yeoman Charles E. Radford incident
         -Security officer
         -President's call to Moorer, December 26th
         -Haig upcoming talk with Moorer
         -Moorer's call to Haig, December 25th
         -Moorer
               -Relations with White House
               -Cooperation
               -Vietnam
         -Bombing
               -Timing

Tricia Nixon Cox entered at an unknown time after 12:16 pm.


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Tricia Nixon Cox left at an unknown time before 1:43 pm.

     Vietnam
          -Laos
          -Cambodia
          -South Vietnamese
          -Role for Kissinger
               -Preparation from upcoming events
               -Southeast Asia
          -USSR
               -John A. Volpe
                     -Support
          -Bob hope
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                    Conv. No. 310-30 (cont.)


          -Paris
                -President’s upcoming European trip
                -Christmas eve
                -Christian Democrats
          -Volpe’s talk with Haig, December 24th
                -Volpe’s upcoming conversation with an unknown person

     President’s instructions
          -Haig to work with state department
                -PRC and USSR
          -Unknown woman
                -Preparation of talking points
                -Letters
                       -The president's note
                       -Preparations

     David D. Newsom, Deputy Assistant Secretary, African Affairs, State Department
          -African
          -Trip
          -Kissinger


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Haig left at an unknown time before 1:43 pm.