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Start Date: Friday, March 10, 1972 5:50 PM
End Date: Friday, March 10, 1972 6:10 PM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Kissinger, Henry A.; White House photographer; Matthews, Dianne C.; United States Secret Service agents; Bull, Stephen B.; Watson, Arthur K.; White House operator; Fulbright, J. William;
Recording Device: Oval Office
Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:59:00
Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:20:26
On March 10, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, Henry A. Kissinger, White House photographer, Dianne C. Matthews, United States Secret Service agents, Stephen B. Bull, Arthur K. Watson, White House operator, and J. William Fulbright met in the Oval Office of the White House from 12:50 pm to 1:10 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 682-008 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 682-8 Date: March 10, 1972 Time: 12:50 pm - 1:10 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Henry A. Kissinger; the White House photographer was present at the 12 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) beginning of the meeting. [Recording begins while the conversation is in progress] Contact with the People’s Republic of China [PRC] -William P. Rogers -Unknown assistant secretary -Backchannel -Arthur K. Watson Kissinger’s schedule -J. William Fulbright The President’s schedule -Meeting with Watson -Meeting with Dianne C. Matthews Matthews entered at 12:52 pm. Matthews’s departure -Reasons -Engagement -Fiancé -National Security Council [NSC] -Foreign Service -Wedding -Timing -Virginia Beach -Note from the President Matthews left at 12:53 pm. The President’s forthcoming meeting with Watson -Topics of discussion -Channel to PRC -Oliver F. (“Ollie”) Atkins Kissinger’s schedule -Previous meeting with Businessmen -The President’s view -H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman -Kissinger’s workload 13 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) -Forthcoming meeting with Fulbright -Forthcoming meeting with businessmen -George Meany -Joseph Irwin Miller -Peter M. Flanigan Kissinger met with an unknown man [Secret Service agent]. Meeting with Watson Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 12:53 pm. Meeting with Watson Bull left at an unknown time before 12:55 pm. PRC trip -George R.S. Baring [Earl of Cromer] -Congratulations of Edward R.G. Health -Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. Kissinger’s schedule Watson entered at 12:55 pm. Congratulations on speech Backchannels to the PRC -Gerald R. Ford and [Thomas]Hale Boggs -Visit to PRC -The President -State Department -Leaks -The President’s forthcoming trip to the Soviet Union -Watson’s experience -Algeria -Watson’s message to the State Department -Cable -[First name unknown] deBeaumarchais[sp?] Watson’s new house -The President’s schedule 14 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) -Watson’s previous house Kissinger’s schedule -Forthcoming meeting with Fulbright Watson left at 12:59 pm. News summary -News story on possible joint US-Soviet manned space mission -Frank Borman -Trip to the Soviet Union -The President’s approval Trip to greet returning astronauts -State Department -Leaks Kissinger’s schedule -Forthcoming meeting with Fulbright The President talked with the White House operator at 12:59 pm. [Conversation No. 682-8A] [See Conversation No. 21-41] [End of telephone conversation] Kissinger’s schedule -Forthcoming meeting with Fulbright New York Times article -Chou En-lai -Norodom Sihanouk -Meeting with North Vietnamese -Chou En-Lai -Meeting The President talked with Fulbright between 1:00 pm and 1:02 pm; one item has been withdrawn from this conversation. [Conversation No. 682-8B] 15 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) [See Conversation No. 21-42] [End of telephone conversation] The PRC trip -Fulbright’s view -Rogers -Mathias -Talk with Kissinger -Kissinger’s schedule -Forthcoming conference -David Rockefeller -Comments -Earl of Cromer -British reaction to trip -Shanghai communiqué -State Department -Memorandum on Taiwan, Republic of China -Committee leadership -Letters from the President -Heath -Georges J.R. Pompidou -Willy Brandt -Eisaku Sato -Heath -Pompidou -Winston Lord -Earl of Cromer -Kissinger -Briefing -The President’s forthcoming trip to the Soviet Union -Japanese -Kissinger’s forthcoming trip -British -Cromer -Brandt -Heath -State Department leaks -Watson -John N. Irwin, II -Kissinger’s view 16 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) State Department -Robert J. McCloskey -Haldeman -Talk with Rogers -Rogers’s role in forthcoming Soviet trip -The President’s view -Secretaries of State -Foreign Service -Cordell Hull -Kissinger’s forthcoming talk with Anatoliy F. Dobrynin -Richard M. Helms -State Department -The President’s possible meeting with Dobrynin -Forthcoming US-Soviet summit -Meetings -The President and Leonid I. Brezhnev -Brezhnev, Aleksei N. Kosygin and Nikolai V. Podgorny -Andrei A. Gromyko -Rogers’s forthcoming meetings -Kosygin -Podgorny Kissinger’s forthcoming meeting with Fulbright Kissinger left at 1:10 pm.