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Conversation: 617-023

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Start Date: 12-Nov-1971 6:03 PM

End Date: 12-Nov-1971 6:19 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Butterfield, Alexander P.Kissinger, Henry A.White House operatorScott, HughEisenhower, Julie Nixon

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 03:48:59

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 04:04:55

617a.mp3

617b.mp3

617c.mp3

NARA Description:

On November 12, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, Alexander P. Butterfield, Henry A. Kissinger, White House operator, Hugh Scott, and Julie Nixon Eisenhower met in the Oval Office of the White House from 6:03 pm to 6:19 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 617-023 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 617-23

Date: November 15, 1971
Time: 6:03 pm - 6:19 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Alexander P. Butterfield and Henry A. Kissinger.
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     Hugh Scott's calls to the President

The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 6:03 pm and
6:04 pm.

[Conversation No. 617-23A]

[See Conversation No. 14-109]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Vietnam
          -Casualties

The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 6:03 pm and
6:04 pm.

[Conversation No. 617-23B]

[See Conversation No. 14-110]

[End of telephone conversation]

Butterfield left at an unknown time before 6:04 pm.

     Budget
         -Forthcoming vote
              -George H. Mahon
                   -Call to Kissinger
         -Continuing resolution
              -Mahon's conversation with the President
                   -Vietnam

The President talked with Hugh Scott between 6:04 pm and 6:09 pm.

[Conversation No. 617-23C]

[See Conversation No. 14-111]

[End of telephone conversation]
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                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                       Conv. No. 617-23 (cont.)


     The President's previous meeting with Congressmen

     Budget
         -Forthcoming vote
              -Mahon
              -Clark MacGregor's conversation with Kissinger

     Cabinet
          -Foreign travel
               -Maurice H. Stans
                     -Peter G. Peterson
          -Previous meeting
               -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman's conversation with Kissinger

     Vietnam
          -Negotiations
              -Forthcoming vote on continuing resolution

The President talked with Julie Nixon Eisenhower between 6:09 pm and 6:10 pm.

[Conversation No. 617-23D]

[See Conversation No. 14-112; one item has been withdrawn from the conversation]

[End of telephone conversation]

     The President's schedule
          -Earl of Cromer
                -Economic policy

     John B. Connally
          -Conversation with the President
                -Connally's conversation with Kissinger
                      -International monetary policy
                            -Credit
          -Political future
                -Trip to Vietnam
          -Forthcoming call from Kissinger
          -Kissinger's views on international monetary policy
                -Peterson
                -William P. Rogers
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                      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                  Tape Subject Log
                                    (rev. 10/06)
                                                                    Conv. No. 617-23 (cont.)



John A. Volpe

International monetary policy
      -Connally
      -Kissinger's conversation with East Germans
      -Timing of action
           -The President's schedule
      -Connally
           -Role
      -Japan
           -Devaluation
      -Connally
           -Conversation with Kissinger
                 -The President’s forthcoming letter to heads of state

Sultan Mohammad Khan
     -Previous meeting with the President
          -People’s Republic of China [PRC]
                -Messages for the President
     -Conversation with Chou En-Lai
          -Timing
                -United Nations [UN] vote
          -The President's forthcoming visit

PRC
      -UN delegation
            -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR
      -Chou's Schedule
            -US conservatives
      -Civil defense
            -Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
            -USSR
      -The President's forthcoming visit
            -Lin Piao
            -Army Chief of Staff
            -Effect on US right wing

Foreign aid program

Congress
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                             NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                  Conv. No. 617-23 (cont.)


           -Mansfield Amendment
           -Cooper-Church Amendment

     George E. Allen
         -Conversation with the President
               -The President's previous press conference

     Chou En-Lai
         -Film, “Patton”
              -Appeal to the President
                    -Reason
         -Views regarding the President
         -Kissinger's first visit
              -Film

     The President's forthcoming trip to PRC
          -The President's preparation
               -Rogers
          -Negotiating strategy

     Congress
         -Quadriad
         -Mansfield
              -Kissinger's forthcoming speech
                    -University of Montana

Kissinger left at 6:19 pm.