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Start Date: 6-Jun-1972 10:26 AM

End Date: 6-Jun-1972 12:23 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")[Unknown person(s)]White House operatorEhrlichman, John D.Kissinger, Henry A.

Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 01:43:14

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 03:33:40

340a.mp3

340aii.mp3

340b.mp3

NARA Description:

On June 6, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, unknown person(s), White House operator, John D. Ehrlichman, and Henry A. Kissinger met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building from 10:26 am to 12:23 pm. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 340-018 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 340-18

Date: June 6, 1972
Time: 10:26 am-12:23 pm
Location: Executive Office Building

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

     The President's schedule
          -Weather
               -Florida
               -Camp David
               -Key Biscayne
               -Palm Springs
                -Plans
                      -Maj. Gen. James D. Hughes
                      -John V. Brennan
                      -Unknown person
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                NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. Dec-01)
                                                      Conv. No. 340-18(cont.)

           -Key Biscayne
           -Palm Springs
           -San Clemente
                -Henry A. Kissinger's visit
                      -John B. Connally
     -The President's church visit
           -Press story
                -John A. Huffman, Jr.
           -Reception
           -Miami Herald
           -Crowd sizes
     -Camp David
     -Haldeman’s schedule

Connally
    -Forthcoming trip
          -The President’s view
          -Connally in San Clemente
          -Story
          -Foreign policy tour
               -Additional countries
                     -South America, Iran
          -Iran
               [Shah of Iran] Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
                     -Oil
          -Connally's talk with President
               -Politics
          -Charles W. Colson
    -Connally's advice
          -John D. Ehrlichman
          -Connally's comments about: the President
          -President's visibility
               -Forthcoming presidential election

The President's public relations efforts
     -Car accident related by Haldeman
     -June schedule
            -Opportunities
            -Public events
     -Connally's advice
            -Low visibility
            -Patrick J. Buchanan
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                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. Dec-01)
                                                                       Conv. No. 340-18(cont.)

               -William L. Safire
               -Foreign policy emphasis
                   -Treaties
               -Kissinger
               -William P. Rogers


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               -Press conferences
                    -The President’s view
               -Convention schedule
                    -Lions International
                          -Mexico City
                    -Rotary convention in Houston
                    -Jaycee convention
                    -President's recent trips to the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of
                          China [PRC]
               -Domestic issues
               -Politics
         -Colson's advice
               -Haldeman’s view
               -Schedule commitments
               -PRC trip
                    -Follow-up
                          -International Telephone and Telegraph [ITT]
                          -John A. Scali
                          -Rogers
               -Kissinger’s actions
                    -Public relations
               -Rogers
         -Soviet Union trip
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                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. Dec-01)
                                                                       Conv. No. 340-18(cont.)

                -Kissinger's advice
                    -Question and answer [Q&A] sessions
                    -Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT] talks
                    -The President’s possible meeting with Kissinger

    Media
        -Democrats
        -The President’s memoranda
        -Washington Post
              -The President’s view
              -Communist plot
              -Cambodia
              -Vietnam

    President's public relations efforts
         -Colson's advice
                 -Compared with Connally
                 -Jaycee convention
                     -Preparation
                            -Atlanta
                 -President's visibility
                     -Television
                 -President's demeanor
                     -Poland
                            -Haldeman’s view
                     -John Cardinal Krol
         -Memorandum to Kissinger
                 -Poland
         -Colson's advice
                 -Need for press conference
         -Press conferences
         -Ehrlichman's advice
                 -Memoranda
                 -Domestic issues
                 -Connally's view of domestic issues
                     -Establishment
                     -Governors
                            -1970 election


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                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Dec-01)
                                                           Conv. No. 340-18(cont.)

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         -Ehrlichman’s advice
         -Elliot L. Richardson
         -Kissinger
         -Ehrlichman
         -Connally’s advice
                 -Domestic issues
                     -Constitutional amendment on busing
                     -Amnesty
                     -Taxes
                     -Budget cuts

    Justice Department
          -Richard G. Kleindienst
                -Deputy Attorney General opening
                -William D. Ruckelshaus
                -Mitchell
                -Confirmation

    Treasury Department
         -George P. Shultz confirmation
               -Ceremony
                    -Kleindienst

    Justice Department
          -Angela Y. Davis trial
                -Haldeman’s view
                -Jurors
                    -Action
                -The President's view
                -McGovern

    The President's public relations efforts
                                       17

                NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                               Tape Subject Log
                                 (rev. Dec-01)
                                                                Conv. No. 340-18(cont.)

     -Ehrlichman's views
            -Press conference
            -Return from the Soviet Union
                -Q&A
                -Public impression
                      -Helicopter
                -Democrats
     -Press conference
            -Compared to speech
                -Television
            -Television
            -Timing
            -Schedule
            -Television
            -Planning
            -Office conference
            -Forthcoming meeting with Luis Alvarez Echeverria
            -Office conference
            -Television conference
                -California
            -Democrats
     -Speeches
            -Rotary
            -Jaycees
                -Preparation
            -Rotary
     -Kissinger's schedule
           -Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. testimonial
                -Clark MacGregor
                -Japan
                -Soviet Union trip
                -Kleindienst
                -Charles H. Percy
     -Speech
           -Rotary
     -Texas
           -Television coverage
           -Crowd
           -Astrodome
           -Houston

The President's schedule
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                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. Dec-01)
                                                                  Conv. No. 340-18(cont.)

          -Connally
                -Ranch
                -The President’s view
                      -Ehrlichman
                      -Peter M. Flanigan
                      -Shultz
                      -Attitude
          -Rotary speech
                -International meeting
                      -Advantages
                -Rogers
          -Party for World War II Navy veterans
                -South Pacific Air Combat Transport [SCAT]
                -Cancellation
          -Camp David
                -Mexican delegation
          -Astronauts
                 -Meeting with the President
          -Possible trip to Florida
          -Rotary speech
                 -Timing
          -President’s forthcoming meeting with Echeverria
          -Jaycee's speech
                 -The President's opinion
                      -Rogers
                 -Haldeman's opinion
          -Mathias
          -Kleindienst
          -Rotary speech
                 -McGovern’s possible attendane
          -National Association of Counties request
                 -The President’s decision
                 -Revenue sharing
                 -Agnew
          -California trip
          -Camp David
                 -Barry M. Goldwater at Bethesda Naval Hospital
                      -Kissinger

Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 10:26 am and 12:23 pm.

[Conversation No. 340-18A]
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                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Dec-01)
                                                                       Conv. No. 340-18(cont.)


     Location of Goldwater
          -Call to Colson

[End of telephone conversation]

     The President's public relations efforts
          -Speeches
                -Rotary International
                      -Astrodome
                      -Membership described
                -Rotary speech
                      -Raymond K. Price, Jr.
                            -Compared with John K. Andrews, Jr.
                            -Use of previous Russian speech
                                  -The President’s view
                                        -Themes
                      -Themes
                            -Previous speech as Vice President
                            -Changes in foreign relations
                                  -PRC
                                  -Soviet Union
                            -Hopes for peace
                            -Vietnam
                      -Writers
                           -Price
                      -Length
                      -Content
                           -Previous Soviet Union television address
                                  -Use of portion about girl named Tanya
                                        -Tanya’s diary
                           -PRC
                           -North Vietnam
                      -Price
                      -Schedule
                           -Draft deadline
                      -Content
                           -The President’s view
                                  -Partisanship
                                  -American strength
                      -Possible attendees
                           -McGovern
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                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. Dec-01)
                                                                   Conv. No. 340-18(cont.)

                 -Jaycees speech
                      -Agnew’s role
                 -Price
          -Press conferences
                 -The President’s decision
                      -Haldeman's views
                 -Timing
          -Key Biscayne
          -California trip

Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 10:26 am and 12:23 pm.

[Conversation No. 340-18E]

     The President’s schedule

[End of telephone conversation]

Haldeman talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 10:26 am and
12:23 pm.

[Conversation No. 340-18B]

[See also Conversation No. 25-10]

[End of telephone conversation]

Haldeman talked with Ehrlichman at an unknown time between 10:26 am and 12:23 pm.

[Conversation No. 340-18C]

[See also Conversation No. 25-11]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Ehrlichman's telephone call
          -Richardson
                -Higher education report
                -Busing position
                      -Importance
                -Richardson's reaction
                -Richardson’s schedule
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                NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                               Tape Subject Log
                                 (rev. Dec-01)
                                                                Conv. No. 340-18(cont.)

                 -Japan
                 -Meeting with the President
                      -House Resolution [HR] 1
     -Ehrlichman
            -Schedule
     -Richardson
           -Testimony

The President's schedule
     -Camp David
           -President's plans
           -Weather
     -Swearing-in ceremony
           -Kleindienst
           -Shultz
     -Camp David
     -Executive Committee of National Governors Conference
     -Conference
           -Possible meeting
           -Revenue sharing, welfare reform
     -County officials
     -Governors Conference
     -Executive Committee
           -Russell B. Long
           -Agnew’s suggestion
           -Revenue sharing
                 -Long
                 -George H. Mahon

Congress
    -Melvin R. Laird's supplemental for Vietnam
    -Revenue sharing supplement

The President's schedule
     -Meeting with John S.D. Eisenhower
            -Declassification
                 -Ehrlichman’s role
     -Possible meeting with Laotian Guerrilla Leader, General Vang Pao
          -Kissinger
     -Possible meeting with Saudi Defense Minister, Prince Sultan
          -Memorandum from Rose Mary Woods
            -Laird invitation
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                  NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                   Tape Subject Log
                                     (rev. Dec-01)
                                                                Conv. No. 340-18(cont.)

            -Press conference
            -King Faisal [Malik Faisal ibn Abd al-Aziz al-Saud]
     -President's press conference
            -Office press conference
            -Schedule
                 -Forthcoming meeting with Luis Echeverria Alvarez
     -Nature of foreign visits
           -Dinners
     -Arthur F. Burns
     -Shultz
     -Media
            -Television anchorman
            -Kissinger's opinions
     -President's press conference
            -Moscow

Staff to testify
      -Kissinger
             -John A. Scali
      -Herbert G. Klein
      -Gerard C. Smith
      -Kissinger
              -SALT
                  -Smith
              -Blair House

President's public relations efforts
     -Media
             -Price
                  -Views
                  -Radio
                  -Rotary speech
             -Radio
             -Television
             -Charity

Foreign relations
     -SALT negotiations
            -Kissinger's position
                 -Haldeman’s meeting with Colson [?]
                 -US News and World Report article
                 -Price
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                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. Dec-01)
                                                                     Conv. No. 340-18(cont.)


     The President's schedule
          -Meeting with an unknown person
          -Soviet trip

The President talked with Kissinger at an unknown time between 10:26 am and 12:23 pm.

[Conversation No. 340-18D]

     Kissinger's schedule
          -Camp David
                  -Departure time
          -Meeting with President
                  - US News and World Report article
                      -Discussion

[End of telephone conversation]

     Goldwater
         -Schedule

Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 10:26 am and 12:23 pm.

[Conversation No. 340-18F]

     Goldwater’s schedule
         -Raymond P. Shafer [?]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Goldwater
         -Possible visit
         -President's opinion
         -George C. Wallace
               -Possible visit
         -Timing
         -Publicity

     Wallace
          -Health

     Staff
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                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. Dec-01)
                                                                     Conv. No. 340-18(cont.)

         -Secretarial coverage
              -Alexander P. Butterfield
                     -Woods
               -Key Biscayne
               -Schedule
               -Work
               -Woods
                     -Key Biscayne


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    Unknown person
        -Hagerstown, Maryland

    Photographs
         -Previous trip to Florida
         -Associated Press [AP] and United Press International [UPI] wires

    The President's schedule
         -Florida

    Ronald L. Ziegler
        -President's views


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                      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Dec-01)
                                                                      Conv. No. 340-18(cont.)


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     President's schedule
          -Camp David
                  -Departure
                  -Weather

Haldeman left at 12:23 pm.