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Start Date: 15-Mar-1973 12:11 PM

End Date: 15-Mar-1973 12:25 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Kissinger, Henry A.Cake, Ralph H.Ziegler, Ronald L.[Unknown person(s)]

Recording Device: Oval Office

880-006.mp3

NARA Description:

On March 15, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon, Henry A. Kissinger, Ralph H. Cake, Ronald L. Ziegler, and unknown person(s) met in the Oval Office of the White House from 12:11 pm to 12:25 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 880-006 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 880-6

Date: March 15, 1973
Time: 12:11 pm-12:25 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Henry A. Kissinger.

       President's press conference
             -Vietnam
                    -Questions
                          -President's handling

The President talked with Ralph H. Cake between 12:11 pm and 12:12 pm.

[Conversation No. 880-6A]

[See Conversation No. 37-118]
                                          5-
                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. June-10)
                                                  Conversation No. 880-6 (cont’d)


[End of telephone conversation]

       Ralph H. Cake
            -Illness

       President’s Press conference
             -Watergate
                   -Questions on Donald H. Segretti
                   -President's handling of questions
                   -Dwight L. Chapin
                   -President's demeanor
             -Watergate
                   -Ed Kempler's question
                   -Press double standard
                         -Alger Hiss case
                                -Harry S Truman
                   -Hiss case
                   -President's involvement
                   -Reasons
                         -John N. Mitchell
                         -Committee to Re-elect the President
                                -Involvement
                   -Mitchell's involvement
                   -Kissinger's view
                         -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman
             -People's Republic of China [PRC] liaison office announcement

Ronald L. Ziegler entered at 12:15 pm.

       Greetings

       Press statements
             -North Vietnam
             -India
             -Pakistan

       India
               -US aid
                    -Suspension
                    -Commitments
                         -Lyndon B. Johnson
                                          6-
                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. June-10)
                                                  Conversation No. 880-6 (cont’d)


                         -Sales
                         -Policy
                   -State Department
                   -Tanks
                         -Johnson
                   -Personnel carriers
                         -Lethality
                         -PRC
             -Military expenditures
                   -Indira Gandhi's comments to Daniel P. Moynihan [?]
                         -Arms race
                         -Poverty
                   -Comparison with Pakistan
                   -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR]
                         -Arms production

       President's trips
             -Plans
                    -Africa
                    -Latin America
             -Latin America
                    -Value
             -William P. Rogers
             -Requests
                    -Commitments
             -Japan

       Vietnam

       Dr. David K. E. Bruce
            -US liaison office to PRC
                  -Lead story
                        -Alfred L. Jenkins
                        -John H. Holdridge

Kissinger left at 12:18 pm.

       Press relations
             -Vietnam
             -Watergate
                                        7-
                  NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
                               Tape Subject Log
                                 (rev. June-10)
                                                Conversation No. 880-7 (cont’d)


      Watergate
           -L. Patrick Gray, III
           -Testimony before committee
           -News reports
                 -John W. Dean, III's testimony
                       -Restrictions
                       -Executive privilege
                             -Court challenge
                             -Mitchell, Maurice H. Stans
                             -News

An unknown person entered at an unknown time after 12:18 pm.

      President’s schedule
            -President's meeting with James M. Collins
            -John G. Tower

The unknown person left at an unknown time before 12:25 pm.

      Watergate
           -Press conference
                 -Richard A. Moore's, Patrick J. Buchanan's and Dean's opinion
                 -Moore's opinion
           -Ziegler's comments
                 -Ervin hearings
                 -Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] raw files
                        -White House viewing
                        -Disclosure to Ervin Committee
                 -Dealings with press
                 -J. Edgar Hoover's practices
           -Press
                 -Frustrations

      President’s press conference
            -Length
            -Sarah McClendon
            -Frances L. Lewine
                  -Cut-off of press conference
            -Clark R. Mollenhoff
            -President's handling of questions
                  -Martin K (“Ken”) Worthy
                                          8-
                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. June-10)
                                                  Conversation No. 880-7 (cont’d)


                   -[Unintelligible name]
             -Timing
                   -Advantages
                   -Moore's view
             -Press hostility
             -Watergate
                   -Comments
                   -Future press conference responses
                   -Tone
                          -Kissinger

       Watergate
            -Executive privilege
                 -President's experiences as congressman
                 -Cooperation with committee of Congress
                       -Administration's record

       President's schedule
             -Meeting with Debbie Ploch
                    -"1973 Maid of Cotton"
             -Photographer
                    -Oliver F. (“Ollie”) Atkins
             -Distribution of photograph
                    -Texas

Ziegler left at 12:25 pm.