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Start Date: Tuesday, August 10, 1971 1:11 PM

End Date: Tuesday, August 10, 1971 2:05 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Kissinger, Henry A.[Unknown person(s)]White House operatorColson, Charles W.Bull, Stephen B.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:07:55

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:02:30

559a.mp3

559b.mp3

559c.mp3

NARA Description:

On August 10, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Henry A. Kissinger, unknown person(s), White House operator, Charles W. Colson, and Stephen B. Bull met in the Oval Office of the White House from 9:11 am to 10:05 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 559-003 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 559-3

Date: August 10, 1971
Time: 9:11 am - 10:05 am
Location: Oval Office

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

     President's schedule
          -Bill veto
                 -George P. Shultz
          -Harry Bridges meeting
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                             NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                        Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 10/06)
                                                                         Conv. No. 559-3 (cont.)


             -Council on International Economic Policy [CIEP] meeting
                  -Peter G. Peterson
                        -Monetary situation
             -Source of leak

Henry A. Kissinger entered at an unknown time after 9:11 am.

             -Joint Chiefs of Staff [JCS] meeting
                   -Melvin R. Laird
                   -Japan
                        -Possible force reduction
                               -Domestic considerations
                   -Armed services
                        -Reorganization

An unknown person entered and left at an unknown time after 9:11 am.

                              -Budget
                                   -Air Force
                                         -Fighter wings
                                              -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR]
                                                    -North Pole
                                   -Army
                                         -Condition
                  -Strategic concept

     Democrats
         -W. Averell Harriman
               -Previous administration

Kissinger left at 9:14 am.

     Press
             -Washington Post story
                 -Edward B. Fiske
                       -White House church services
                 -Unknown reporter

     White House personnel
          -Constance M. Stuart
               -Rose Mary Woods
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                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                               Tape Subject Log
                                 (rev. 10/06)
                                                                   Conv. No. 559-3 (cont.)


          -Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon
          -US Information Agency [USIA]
          -Duties
                -Forthcoming presidential campaign
                -Mrs. Nixon’s schedules
          -Mrs. Nixon
                -Barbara H. Franklin
                     -Frederic V. Malek's office
                -Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman
          -Duties
                -Scheduling
                -Press
                -Lucy A. Winchester
                     -Social affairs
          -President’s campaign strategy
          -Ronald L. Ziegler
                -Comparison to Herbert G. Klein
                -Comparison to Stuart
                -Klein
                     -Relations with press

Public relations
     -News summary
     -President's public appearances
            -[New Hampshire] crowds
                 -Importance
                 -Press coverage
                      -George S. McGovern and Birch E. Bayh, Jr.
                            -Description
                 -Crowds
                      -Importance
                            -Compared to press coverage
                 -Press
                      -Use of adjectives
     -Edith Efron's media study
     -Press
            -New England trip coverage
                 -New Hampshire
                      -Local press
                 -Boston Globe
                 -The President, Mrs. Nixon and family
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                      Conv. No. 559-3 (cont.)


                           -Crowd response
                           -Photographs
                                -Unknown girl
                     -Cynthia Frink
                     -Mrs. Nixon
                     -Portland, Maine
                     -Apollo moonshot
                     -Boston Globe
                           -Margaret Chase Smith
                     -National coverage
                           -Apollo spaceshot
                           -Photo coverage
                                -Jacksonville Journal
                                      -[Dwight] David Eisenhower, II and Julie Nixon
                                           Eisenhower
                                -Youngstown Vindicator
                                -New York Post
                                -Washington Star
                                -Baltimore Sun
          -Charles W. Colson
               -Unknown man
          -Efron
               -Patrick J. Buchanan
               -Background

The President left the room at an unknown time between 9:14 am and 9:28 am.

     [Pause]

The President entered the room at an unknown time between 9:14 am and 9:28 am.

The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 9:14 am and
9:28 am.

[Conversation No. 559-3A]

[See Conversation No. 7-82]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Efron
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                    Conv. No. 559-3 (cont.)


          -Background
               -Port-au-Prince, Dominican Republic
               -Look magazine

The President talked with Colson between 9:28 am and 9:30 am.

[Conversation No. 559-3B]

[See Conversation No. 7-83]

[End of telephone conversation]

     The press
          -Efron
               -Background
                    -Political background
               -Media study
                    -Foundation
                          -William F. Buckley, Neal Freeman, Lawrence Purdy [?], Ruth
                                Matthews
                                -J. B. Matthews
                          -Freeman
                                -Buchanan
                                -Hearst Corporation
                                      -King Features
                    -Publication
                          -Buchanan
                                -Endorsement
                          -Credibility
                          -Distribution
                          -Reaction
                                -White House strategy
                                      -Buchanan
                                      -John A. Scali
                                      -Efron
                                      -Updating
                          -Distribution of summary
                                -Kissinger
                                -Colson
                                -Public mind
                                -Hobart D. (“Hobe”) Lewis
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                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                              Conv. No. 559-3 (cont.)


                                     -Financing and mailing
                          -Buchanan
                               -Media
                          -Accuracy of study
                          -Efron


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    Public relations
         -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew
                -Foreign trip
                     -Agnew’s reaction
                            -News summary
                     -Interview
                            -Godfrey Sperling, Jr.
                                 -Christian Science Monitor
                            -Agnew’s reasoning


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                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                Tape Subject Log
                                  (rev. 10/06)
                                                          Conv. No. 559-3 (cont.)



People's Republic of China [PRC] trip
     -James B. Reston articles
           -Democrats
           -Chou En-lai

National economy
     -Leak
           -Paul Scott’s article
           -Department of the Treasury
                 -John B. Connally
                       -Eddie Bernstein
           -Republican leadership meeting
                 -Shultz
                 -Hugh Scott
                 -Foreign policy
                 -Robert P. Griffin
                       -Automobile industry
     -Automobiles
     -Possible economic action
           -Griffin
                 -Charles E. Chamberlain
                       -Connally
           -1973
           -Wage and price action
                 -Probability of success
                 -Consumer confidence
     -Leak
           -Shultz
           -Paul Scott
           -Kissinger
                 -Alexander M. Haig
           -Peterson
                 -Wilbur D. Mills
                 -Proposed meeting
                       -Connally
                 -Connally
                 -Shultz
           -Kissinger
     -Public relations
           - Road show
                                             8

                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                     Conv. No. 559-3 (cont.)


                -Connally, Peter M. Flanigan, Shultz, Paul W. McCracken, and Colson
                -Connally
                      -International Monetary Fund [IMF]
           -Colson’s strategy
                -Economy as issue
                      -Democrats
                      -Media
                      -Public perceptions
                            -Bankers
                            -Trade deficits
                            -Administration posture
                                  -Standing pot
                            -Businessmen
                                  -Haldeman's talk with Julie and David Eisenhower
                                        -Individual compared to national conditions
                                              -Wage and price increases
                                              -Mass hysteria
                                              -Caution
                      -Comparison to President's foreign policy
                      -Reaction to critics
           -Possible economic action
                -Staff briefings
                      -Colson, Ehrlichman, Peterson
                      -Ehrlichman
                            -Shultz
                                  -President's meeting with Connally
                                  -Peterson
                      -Arthur F. Burns
                      -Ehrlichman
                            -Shultz
                                  -Possible leak

Kissinger entered at 9:52 am.

     PRC trip
         -Reston interview with Chou En-lai
         -Post-announcement actions by Chinese
               -Reassuring allies
               -Sign removal
         -Chou En-lai comments
               -Deals
                                          9

                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. 10/06)
                                                               Conv. No. 559-3 (cont.)


           -Compared to Soviets
      -Harriman
           -Arms control
                -Comments
                     -Press coverage
                     -1969
                     -Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]

Arms control
    -Antiballistic Missiles [ABMs]
          -Gerard C. Smith
                -USSR
                -Arms Control and Disarmament Agency [ACDA]
                -May 20, 1971 agreement
                -Congress
                -President's Instructions
                      -Cable
                            -May 20 agreement

Berlin
     -Possible settlement
          -Four-Power negotiations
                -Announcement
          -President’s possible involvement
                -West Germany
                      -Internal politics

Arms control
    -Smith
          -Proposals
                -Effect on Joint Chiefs of Staff [JCS]
                -James S. Lay, Jr.
    -ACDA
          -State Department

PRC
      -Chou En-lai
           -Forthcoming talks with the President
      -Reston Article
      -Rowland Evans
           -Rumania
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                             NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                        Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 10/06)
                                                                     Conv. No. 559-3 (cont.)


                        -View of the President
                             -USSR

     Press
             -Evans
                  -Robert D. Novak
                  -Politics

     President's schedule


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     PRC
             -Reston article
                  -Chou En-lai
             -Kissinger's talk with Chou En-lai
                  -Reston
                        -United Nation [UN]
                               -The President

Stephen B. Bull entered and left at an unknown time after 9:52 am.

     Chou En-lai
         -Comments about UN

     Arms control
         -Gerard Smith

     Pakistan
          -[Sheik Mujibur Rahman]
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                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. 10/06)
                                                                Conv. No. 559-3 (cont.)


               -Agha Muhommad Yahya Khan
               -Press coverage
               -Possible action


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[Duration: 23s ]


    PAKISTAN


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    PRC
          -Conservatives
          -Liberals

    Arms control
        -Liberals
              -SALT
                   -Harriman
                   -John F. Kennedy
        -Nonproliferation Treaty
        -SALT
              -Possible agreement
                   -Timing

    President's schedule
         -[JCS] meeting
                -Location
                -David Packard
                -Agnew
                -Chiefs
                -Haig
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                       Conv. No. 559-3 (cont.)


                -Melvin R. Laird

Bull entered at an unknown time after 9:52 am.

     JCS meeting
          -Cabinet Room
          -Briefing books
          -Number
          -Agnew
                -Seating

The President, Haldeman, Kissinger and Bull left at 10:05 am.