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Conversation: 342-024

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Start Date: Tuesday, June 20, 1972 5:35 PM

End Date: Tuesday, June 20, 1972 6:10 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haig, Alexander M., Jr.Trerotola, JosephWhite House operator[Unknown person(s)]MacGregor, Clark

Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 04:44:46

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 05:13:18

342a.mp3

342b.mp3

342c.mp3

342d.mp3

NARA Description:

On June 20, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, Alexander M. Haig, Jr., Joseph Trerotola, White House operator, unknown person(s), and Clark MacGregor met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building at an unknown time between 1:35 pm and 2:10 pm. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 342-024 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 342-24

Date: June 20, 1972
Time: Unknown after 1:35-2:10 pm
Location: Executive Office Building

The President met with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

[Unintelligible]

The President talked with Joseph Trerotola.

[Conversation No. 342-24A]

[See Conversation No. 25-80]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Vietnam
          -Diplomatic situation
          -Possibility of negotiations
          -Peking
          -Moscow

The President talked to White House operator.

[Conversation No. 342-24B]

[See Conversation No. 25-81]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Vietnam
          -American critics of Vietnam
          -Peking
          -Moscow
          -Report from Paris
               -North Vietnamese public relations efforts
                                               41

                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. Nov-00)
                                                            Conv. No. 342-24 (cont.)

                     -US press
                     -Saigon

The President talked with an unknown person.

[Conversation No. 342-24C]

[See Conversation No. 25-82]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Vietnam
          -North Vietnamese public relations efforts
                -US press
          -[Forename unknown] Stern article
                -Haig’s view
                -William H. Sullivan
                     -State Department
                -Cambodia
                -Rebuttals
          -US policy
                -Peking trip
                -Moscow trip

     Haig's trip to Pittsburgh
          -Foreign Relations Council
                 -Response
          -George S. McGovern

     Hugh Scott
         -Legislative schedule
         -Democratic convention

The President talked with Clark MacGregor.

[Conversation No. 342-24]

[See Conversation No. 25-83; one item has been withdrawn]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Vietnam
                                      42

            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                             Tape Subject Log
                               (rev. Nov-00)
                                                  Conv. No. 342-24 (cont.)

-Political support for the President's policies
      -Democrats
      -Republicans
            -Scott
      -Vote in Senate
            -Haig’s assessment
      -Robert S. McNamara
      -Democratic convention
      -Possibility of secret talks
            -Timing
      -Soviet Union
      -People’s Republic of China [PRC]
      -Henry A. Kissinger
-Military operations
      -Targets
            -Number
            -Location
                  -Hanoi
-Negotiations
      -Soviets
            -Hanoi
      -Offensive campaign
            -Timing
      -Cease Fire
            -Haig’s view
            -Terms
            -Saigon
      -Saigon forces
            -Quang Tri area
            -Cease fire in place
                  -The President’s view
      -Hanoi
            -President's leverage
      -South Vietnam
            -Haig’s view
            -Assessment of strength
                  -Equipment
                  -Personnel
            -Nguyen Van Thieu's role
            -Reorganization
      -Length of time for unit training
      -Attacks
                                         43

                NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                Tape Subject Log
                                  (rev. Nov-00)
                                                   Conv. No. 342-24 (cont.)

                -North Vietnamese losses
     -South Vietnamese Defense Minister
     -US press
          -Attitude toward President's policies
          -Kissinger

Arms Control
    -William P. Rogers
          -Previous testimony
    -J. William Fulbright
    -Disarmament Program
    -US policy
          -Negotiations with Soviet Union

Soviet Union
     -Trade
          -Interests
     -European Security

Senate
     -Fulbright
           -Attitude on Vietnam
           -Soviet Union
           -PRC
     -Rogers
     -Melvin R. Laird
     -MacGregor
     -President's view
     -Fulbright
           -Possible meeting with President
                 -The President’s view

US foreign policy
     -Relations with Soviet Union
     -Relations with PRC
          -Kissinger’s meeting with Chou En-lai
          -Credibility of US
                -Policy considerations
                                               44

                        NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Nov-00)
                                                         Conv. No. 342-24 (cont.)

     The President’s forthcoming press conference
          -Domestic policy
          -Reports from Kissinger

Haig left at 2:10 pm.