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Start Date: 12-Oct-1971 12:58 PM

End Date: 12-Oct-1971 1:25 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Kissinger, Henry A.[Unknown person(s)]Shultz, George P.White House operatorMeany, GeorgeZiegler, Ronald L.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 02:58:23

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 03:42:35

588a.mp3

588b.mp3

588c.mp3

NARA Description:

On October 12, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Henry A. Kissinger, unknown person(s), George P. Shultz, White House operator, George Meany, and Ronald L. Ziegler met in the Oval Office of the White House from 12:58 pm to 1:25 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 588-012 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 588-12

Date: October 12, 1971
Time: 12:58 pm - 1:25 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman and Henry A. Kissinger.

     Press
             -The President's meeting
                  -Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty [SALT]
                        -Negotiations
                        -Summit meeting with Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR]
                  -Ronald L. Ziegler, John A. Scali
                  -Kissinger’s view

     US foreign relations
          -USSR
               -Announcement
                      -People's Republic of China [PRC]
          -Press announcement
               -Embassy statement
               -White House
               -The President's trip
                      -USSR
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                        NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. 10/06)
                                                              Conv. No. 588-12 (cont.)


              -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]
                    -Douglas Edwards
              -Film
              -Timing
              -Dan Rather
         -Vietnam
              -Prisoners of War [POWs]
              -Nguyen Van Thieu
                    -North Vietnam
              -North Vietnam
                    -South Vietnam elections
                          -Reaction
                          -Thieu
         -Kissinger's schedule
              -Ronald W. Reagan
         -Congress
              -Notification of the President's announcement
                    -Carl B. Albert
                    -Allen J. Ellender
                          -[Thomas] Hale Boggs
                          -Commentary concerning film
         -W. Averell Harriman


**********************************************************************

BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 3m 7s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3

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                                          28

                      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. 10/06)
                                                           Conv. No. 588-12 (cont.)


Press
        -The President's press conference
             -Topics
                   -Supreme Court appointments
                   -Phase II
                   -Vietnam
                   -PRC

Public relations
     -Comparison of 1968 with 1972
            -Situation in 1968
                  -Vietnam
                  -Soviets
                        -Czechoslovakia
                  -Chinese
     -PRC
            -Soviet trip
                  -Importance
                  -Linkage

Kissinger's schedule
     -Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
           -Japan
           -Andrei A. Gromyko

Public relations
     -George P. Shultz
     -John D. Ehrlichman
     -White House staff
     -Economy
     -Foreign policy
     -Scali
            -Ziegler
            -Herbert G. Klein
            -PRC
                                            29

                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. 10/06)
                                                                      Conv. No. 588-12 (cont.)


**********************************************************************

BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 1m 26s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5
**********************************************************************


    US foreign policy
         -Presidential travel
               -Possible return visits
                    -Reciprocal visits
         -The President's Soviet trip
               -Middle East
         -Kissinger's schedule
               -Dobrynin
         -Chinese
               -Chou En-lai
                    -Kissinger’s discussions with Chou En-lai
                    -Soviets
                           -Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty [SALT]
                           -Accidental War Agreement
                           -Berlin
         -USSR
               -Gromyko
               -PRC invitation
                    -Advance notification
         -Press conference
               -The President’s preparation
               -Vietnam
                    -Effect of press conference
                    -North Vietnamese
                    -Negotiations
                    -Thieu
                                            30

                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                               Conv. No. 588-12 (cont.)


                     -Soviets
                     -PRC
          -The President's preparations
               -Foreign policy

     The President's schedule
          -Shultz
               -Labor
                      -Pay Board

     Press coverage of the President
           -John F. Kennedy
                -Rose Mary Woods conversation with Kissinger
                -Chicago Daily News
                      -Hypothesis
                           -Nixon
                                 -Bay of Pigs
                                 -Laos
                                 -Berlin

An unknown person entered at an unknown time after 12:59 pm.

     The President's schedule
          -Shultz
          -F. Edward Hebert

The unknown person left at an unknown time before 1:25 pm.

     US foreign policy
          -Soviets
               -PRC
               -US actions
                     -Negotiations
                     -Maurice H. Stans
                     -Dobrynin
               -PRC
                     -Southeast Asia
               -Soviets

Kissinger and Haldeman left at 1:25 pm.
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                     Conv. No. 588-12 (cont.)


George P. Shultz entered at 1:25 pm.

     Economics
         -Labor
               -Pay Board
               -George Meany
               -Shultz
                    -Judgment on labor's position
                    -Meany
                         -Message
                         -The President's suggestion
                              -Employment
                                    -Tax proposals
                         -John B. Connally
                         -The President's possible telephone conversation
                              -Ehrlichman
                              -Connally

The President talked with White House operator at an unknown time between 1:25 pm and 1:32
pm.

[Conversation No. 588-12A]

[See Conversation No. 11-61]

[End of telephone conversation]

          -Full employment
          -Senate
                -Tax proposals

The President talked with George Meany between 1:32 pm and 1:34 pm.

[Conversation No. 588-12B]

[See Conversation No. 11-62]

[End of telephone conversation]

     The President's statement
          -Full employment
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                              NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                        Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 10/06)
                                                                   Conv. No. 588-12 (cont.)


           -Senate
                -Tax proposals
                      -Jobs
           -Business calls
                -Feedback
                      -Connally
                      -Peter M. Flanigan
           -Cost of Living Council [COLC]
                -Donald H. Rumsfeld
                      -Indianapolis
           -Flanigan
                -Arthur F. Burns
                      -Shultz's previous conversation
                      -Views
           -Shultz
                -Labor
                -Press
                      -Ziegler

An unknown person entered at an unknown time after 1:25 pm.

     Request for meeting with Ziegler

The unknown person left at an unknown time before 1:40 pm.

     US foreign relations
          -PRC ,USSR
               -Importance
               -US
          -Bolivia, Chad
          -John F. Kennedy
               -Summit meeting

     Economy
         -Labor
              -Canada

Ziegler entered at 1:40 pm.
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                              NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                   Conv. No. 588-12 (cont.)


     Economy
         -The President's statement
              -Meany
              -Shultz
              -Meany
              -Timing
              -Wage and price restraint
                    -Labor
              -Connally
                    -Texas

Ziegler left at 1:42 pm.

     The President's schedule
          -Ziegler

Shultz left at 1:42 pm.