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Date: 
Jul 19, 1971
Location: 
Oval Office
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1 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 539-1 Date: July 19, 1971 Time: 10:00 am - 10:11 am Location: Oval Office The President met with John C. Stennis, F. Edward Hébert, William P. Rogers, William E. Timmons, Clark MacGregor, Kenneth E. BeLieu, and Henry A. Kissinger [Recording begins while the conversation is in progress] US foreign policy -The Peoples Republic of China [PRC] -Congressional action -Perception of restriction of the President Vietnam War -Cease fire, troop withdrawal -Prisoner of war [POW] issue -Effect of Congressional action -Michael J. (Mike) Mansfield -Stance -US goals -Number of US military casualties -POW return -Effect of Congressional action -On the President -On a possible settlement -House, Senate votes -Mansfield -Possible effect of PRC trip on attitude -Strategy -Limitation on the Presidents freedom of action General conversation The President, et al. left at 10:11 am
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Conversation No. 539-2 Date: July 19, 1971 Time: Unknown between 10:11 am and 10:13 am Location: Oval Office H. R. (Bob) Haldeman [?] met with Alexander P. Butterfield [?] [Unintelligible] The President entered at an unknown time after 10:11 am White House furnishings The President, et al. left at an unknown time before 10:13 am
Conversation No. 539-3 Date: July 19, 1971 Time: Unknown between 10:14 am and 11:12 am Location: Oval Office Unknown men [Secret Service] met The President -Location -Cabinet Room -Schedule
3 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
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[An unknown person talked with an unknown person at an unknown timeConv. No. 539-3 (cont.) between 10:14 am and 11:12 am] [Conversation No. 539-3A] [End of telephone conversation] [An unknown person talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 10:14 am and 11:12 am] [Conversation No. 539-3B] [End of telephone conversation]
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Recording was cut off at an unknown time before 11:12 am
Conversation No. 539-4 Date: July 19, 1971 Time: Unknown between 11:12 am and 11:18 am Location: Oval Office The President talked with an unknown person Schedule
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Conversation No. 539-5 Date: July 19, 1971 Time: Unknown between 11:12 am and 11:18 am Location: Oval Office The President met with an unknown person Item for the Presidents Old Executive Office Building office The unknown person left at an unknown time before 11:18 am
Conversation No. 539-6 Date: July 19, 1971 Time: 11:18 am - 11:37 am Location: Oval Office The President met with H. R. (Bob) Haldeman Meeting -Rogers C. B. Morton
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Henry A. Kissinger entered at 11:19 am
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5 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
The US initiative towards the Peoples Republic of China [PRC] -William P. Rogers role -Media coverage -Briefing book -Media coverage -The Presidents role -Kissingers role -Rogers -The State Department -Public perceptions -Newsweek article, Time article -Tone -Presidential role -Covers of magazines -The President, Chou En-lai, Kissinger -Columnists -Hugh S. Sidey -Public statement by the Soviet ambassador to Indonesia -Briefing for White House staff -Presidents role -Request for meeting -Kissingers role -Secrecy in negotiation -Presidents role Schedule -Kissinger White House staff briefing -Leak of story -James B. (Scotty) Reston story Meeting with Congressional leaders -J. William Fulbright -Rogers role -John C. Stennis comment to Kissinger -Michael J. (Mike) Mansfield -Mansfield Amendment -Rogers -Vietnam War settlement
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-Release of prisoners of war [POWs], cease fire -Self-determination Schedule -Kissinger Kissinger left at 11:29 am Conv. No. 539-6 (cont.) David M. Kennedy -Use of airplane -Payment -Rogers -State Department -Comparison with the Presidents 1967 world travel John B. Connally -Schedule The Presidents schedule -The Bohemian Grove -Possible visit Polls -George H. Gallup -Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy -Comparison to Louis Harris poll -Presidential approval poll -Effect of Pentagon Papers case -Gallup -Poll results -Potomac Associates -John W. Gardner comparison -Vietnam War settlement issue -Timing of polls -News impact -The Presidents television appearance Cabinet -Support for administration -John A. Volpe -George W. Romney
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-Walter J. Hickel Congress -Appropriations Committee -Scheduling Schedule -Clark R. Mollenhoff -Bureau Chief -Richard (Dick) Wilson The PRC initiative -Kissinger -Rogers role -Media coverage -The President -Kissinger -Newsweek
Conv. No. 539-6 (cont.)
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Alexander P. Butterfield entered at an unknown time after 11:29 am Schedule -Kissingers briefing in the Roosevelt Room Butterfield left at an unknown time before 11:37 am [Haldeman talked to an unknown person at an unknown time between 11:29 am and 11:37 am]
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[Conversation No. 539-6A] Instructions for Kissinger [End of telephone conversation] The President and Haldeman left at 11:37 am Conv. No. 539-6 (cont.)
Conversation No. 539-7 Date: July 19, 1971 Time: 11:58 am - 12:08 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Ronald L. Ziegler The Peoples Republic of China [PRC] initiative -Briefing of Congressional leaders and Cabinet -Presidents role -Henry A. Kissingers role -Reaction by other countries -William P. Rogers -Briefings -Speculation -Expression of views -Taiwan issue -Vietnam War -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew -Knowledge -Wire service report -Kissinger Agnew -Statements made in Madrid, Spain -Comments about African Blacks -Slavery -US Black leaders -Domestic, foreign impact
9 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Ralph Abernathy US-Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] relations -General Alexander M. Haig, Jr., Kissinger -Summit possibility -The Presidents stance Taiwan issue -Perceptions Cover photographs -Use by magazines -The President Foreign relations -The PRC, Vietnam -Democratic response -J. William Fulbright -Michael J. (Mike) Mansfield Congressional leaders meeting Ziegler left at 12:08 pm Conv. No. 539-6 (cont.)
Conversation No. 539-8 Date: July 19, 1971 Time: Unknown between 12:08 pm and 12:48 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen B. Bull Staff meeting -Schedule -Henry A. Kissinger Bull left at an unknown time before 12:48 pm
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Conversation No. 539-9 Date: July 19, 1971 Time: Unknown between 12:08 pm and 12:48 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen B. Bull [Music box plays Hail to the Chief] Staff meeting -Schedule -John D. Ehrlichman Children -John [Surname unknown] -Music box -Visits to the Oval Office -Gifts Bull left at an unknown time before 12:48 pm
Conv. No. 539-7 (cont.)
Conversation No. 539-10 Date: July 19, 1971 Time: Unknown between 12:08 pm and 12:48 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen B. Bull Copies of Time, Newsweek -Thelma C. (Ryan) (Pat) Nixon Bull left at an unknown time before 12:48 pm
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Conversation No. 539-11 Date: July 19, 1971 Time: Unknown between 12:08 pm and 12:48 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen B. Bull The barbers schedule Bull left at an unknown time after 12:48 pm
Conversation No. 539-12 Date: July 19, 1971 Time: Unknown between 12:08 pm and 1:08 pm Location: Oval Office The President dictated a memorandum to Henry A. Kissinger The US-Peoples Republic of China [PRC] initiative -Kissingers press briefing -Content [End of dictation] Kissinger entered at 12:48 pm Kissingers schedule -Anatoliy F. Dobrynin -John B. Connally -The press -July 20, 1971 -Meeting with conservatives
12 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
The PRC initiative -Staff meeting -Patrick J. Buchanan -Press story -The PRCs stance -North Vietnam -News magazines -Coverage -Knowledge -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, William P. Rogers -Call from Joseph W. Alsop -State Department knowledge -Comparison to Cambodian action -Future handling of announcements -Possible Soviet summit -The Presidents visit to Perinos Restaurant -Press coverage -Effect of announcement -Memorandum for Kissingers briefing -The President -Meeting in Lincoln Sitting Room -The President, Kissinger Kissinger left at 12:55 pm The President dictated a memorandum to Kissinger at an unknown time between 12:55 pm and 1:08 pm The PRC initiative -Kissingers press briefing -Content [The President played back a portion of the dictation] [End of dictation] [This dictation continues on Conversation No. 539-13]
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Conversation No. 539-13 Date: July 19, 1971 Time: Unknown between 12:55 pm and 1:08 pm Location: Oval Office The President dictated a memorandum to Henry A. Kissinger Conv. No. 539-14 (cont.) [This is a continuation of Conversation No. 539-12] The Peoples Republic of China [PRC] initiative -Kissingers press briefing -Content
Conversation No. 539-14 Date: July 19, 1971 Time: 1:08 pm - 1:21 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with H. R. (Bob) Haldeman The Peoples Republic of China [PRC] initiative -Henry A. Kissinger -Briefing -Cabinet -Memorandum -Kissinger -John A. Scali -Chou En-lai -Cabinet -Staff briefing -Confidentiality -The press -Reason for briefing -Kissinger -Comparison to Cambodia, Laos -Rogers C. B. Morton
14 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Leaks -News magazines -Coverage -Kissinger -State Department, William P. Rogers -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, Melvin R. Laird -Marshall Green Conv. No. 539-14 (cont.) -Presidents role John B. Connally -Forthcoming meeting with the President -Previous meeting with Haldeman -Schedule -July 19, 1971 meeting -Forthcoming Congressional testimony -Kissingers briefing -Perceptions on Cabinet role -Possible departure from the Cabinet -Management style -State Department -Council [of Economic Advisors?] -George P. Shultz -Compared to David M. Kennedy Cabinet members -Relations with the President -John A. Volpe -John D. Ehrlichman -George W. Romney Connally -Schedule -Forthcoming Congressional testimony -Time of meeting with the President Schedule -Ehrlichmans request to see the President -Appropriations Committee -Domestic issues -Ehrlichmans perception of meetings
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-Congressional leaders meeting -Peter H. Dominick -Clark MacGregor -Connally The President and Haldeman left at 1:21 pm Conv. No. 539-14 (cont.)
Conversation No. 539-15 Date: July 19, 1971 Time: 1:21 pm - 1:22 pm Location: Oval Office An unknown man [Secret Service] entered The Presidents location -Executive Office Building Recording was cut off at 1:22 pm