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Date: 
May 19, 1972
Location: 
Oval Office
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1 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) Conversation No. 726-1 Date: May 19, 1972 Time: 10:30 am - 11:42 am Location: Oval Office The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. Vietnam -Press coverage -Response -Spiro T. Agnew's speech -Wording -New York Times -Kenneth W. Clawson response to Anthony Lewis column -North Vietnam propaganda -Ship movements -Administration response -Criticism of President's policies Henry A. Kissinger -Location -Jacob K. Javits -Dinner with Kissinger -Lack of support for President's policies -Dinner with Stewart J.O. Alsop -Joseph W. Alsop Pentagon -Bomb explosion -Suspects -"Weathermen" -Note -Telephone call -Washington Post Vietnam -Press reports on Soviet ships -Administration response -Charles W. Colson -Gen. Alexander M. Haig, Jr. -Robert J. McCloskey -Coverage
2 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -St. Louis Post-Dispatch -New York Times -Washington Post -Wire reports West Wing waiting room -Current situation -Shared with a secretary -Separate room for distinguished guests Ronald L. Ziegler entered at 10:36 am. Agnew's trip -Meeting with press -Tone -Content -Report on Saigon and South Vietnam George C. Wallace -President’s visit -Wire reports -Ziegler’s press briefing Ziegler left at 10:38 am. Public support for President -Meeting with unidentified black woman -Vietnam -Possible trips throughout US Soviet trip -Television reports -Charles W. Colson -Administration response -Speeches -Articles -Press speculation
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
3 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) Wallace -President's visit -Handling -Discussion -President's Soviet trip
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
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Kissinger -Location Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 10:38 and 10:48 am. [Conversation No. 726-1A] [End of telephone conversation] -Meeting with President and Agnew George S. McGovern Van Cliburn -Possible appearance -Soviet Union trip -Soviets' response -Carnegie Hall concert -Playing of Star Spangled Banner -Audience response
4 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Possible appearance -President's dinner in Soviet Union -Parallel to dinner for Gen. Charles A.J.M. DeGaulle -Jascha Heifetz Radio Free Europe -Uses -Kissinger's views -Soviet Union -Poland -Kissinger -Meeting with President -The President’s view -People’s Republic of China [PRC] -Poland -Soviet Union -Mention of freedom -President's trip -News reports -Wording -Poland -Mention of freedom, religion -Kissinger -The President’s view -Briefing books Agnew's schedule Haldeman talked with Kissinger at unknown time between 10:38 and 10:48 am. [Conversation No. 726-1B] Kissinger -Meeting with President and Agnew -Time -Message [End of telephone conversation] Wallace -Harry S. Dent's analysis President's policies
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
5 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Support -Busing -Welfare -Vietnam -President's attitude -Resignations Soviet trip -William P. Rogers -Adele (Langston) Rogers -Poland trip -Soviet Union trip -Future trips with President -Adele Rogers's schedule Kissinger entered at 10:48 am. President's message Agnew entered at 10:48 am. Greetings Time Agnew's trip -Itinerary -Japan -Bangkok -Vietnam -Fundraiser -Tricia Nixon Cox -Leslie T. (“Bob”) Hope -Press briefing Haldeman left at 10:51 am. Vietnam -North Vietnam offensive -Kontum -B-52 strikes -Number -Intelligence reports
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
6 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02)
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
-North Vietnam attacks -Delays -Statements for Agnew -Loss -An Loc -Possible loss -Hue -Possible loss -An Loc -Kontum -Possible loss -Pleiku -Casualties -New York Times coverage -Lewis -The President;s view -Blockade -Lewis column -Failure -New York Times article -Polish ship -East German ships -Unloading difficulties in Haiphong -Time in harbor -Polish ship -Date of arrival in Haiphong -Mining -Effectiveness -Kissinger’s view -Previous National Security Council [NSC] meeting -Melvin R. Laird -Pentagon -Rogers -Richard M. Helms -Intelligence community -Agnew -John B. Connally -Parallel To 1968 Report -The President’s view -Guerrilla war compared with mechanized war -Supply lines -Sihanoukville -Transport of war material to III and IV Corps
7 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Cambodia incursion -Precision bombing of North Vietnam -Blockade -Impact -Supplies -Air strikes -Railroads -Destruction -Petroleum, oil, and lubricants [POL] -Destruction -Percentage in Haiphong, Hanoi and Environs -Photographs -Pumping stations -Hanoi -Power Stations -Rails -Bridges to PRC -Effect -Trucking of POL -Problems -Blockade -Use of PRC ports -Destinations -Haiphong -Vladivostok -Odessa -Agnew's use of information -Report from French Ambassador -India-Pakistan War -Reports from North Vietnam -Sources -Soviet Summit -Impact on North Vietnam -Air strikes -Bridge destruction -PRC response -Chou En-lai -Limits -American pilots in PRC -PRC response -Soviet ships -Overland movement to North Vietnam -Blockade
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
8 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Public support for President -Poll percentages -Soviet Summit -Impact -North Vietnam morale -US troop morale -Television reports -South Vietnam Morale -Improvements -US press reports -Nguyen Van Thieu -Impact on North Vietnam -North Vietnam offensive -Gains -Quang Tri -Limits -An Loc -Kontum -Impact of air strikes and blockade -Hue -US holding action -Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. report -Kontum Agnew's previous trip to Japan -Report to President -Japan -Reversion ceremonies -Agnew’s view -Eisaku Sato -Remarks -References to US -[Unintelligible] -[Emperor of Japan] Hirohito -Audience -Protocol for Agnew -Emperor Hirohito -Anchorage Visit -Possible visit to US -Support for the President’s Southeast Asia policies -Relations with US -Sato -Takeo Fukuda
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
9 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02)
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
-Kakuei Tanaka -Fukuda -Liberal Democrats -Sato -President's visit to PRC -Impact on Japan -Japanese-US ties -Economic -Fukuda -United Nations [UN] Security Council seat for Japan -US position -Possible successor to Sato -Tanaka -Foreign Minister -Agnew's meeting -Tanaka -Agnew's meeting -Future leaders -Stance toward the US -Sato's report -Liberal Democratic Party -Strength -Opposition -Communist and Social parties -Demonstrations -Reversion -Police handling -Indochina -Lt. Gen. T.N.J. Suharto visit to Japan -Sato -View of Indochinese -Agnew’s response -Suharto compared with Thieu -Thieu -Ellsworth F. Bunker's view of Thieu -Sato -View of Indochinese leadership -Vietnam -Meeting with Thieu, Bunker, and Abrams -Meeting with Bunker and Abrams -Tan Son Nhut -View of Army of the Republic of Vietnam [ARVN] capacities -Thieu
10 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Demeanor -Briefing on North Vietnam offensive -Response to North Vietnam -Counter attacks -Time -North Vietnam offensive -Strategy -Territorial forces -Political structure -Quang-Tri -Hue -An Loc -Kontum -Pleiku -Coalition government -Thieu -View of mining -South Vietnam capacities -Timing -Air Strikes -Effectiveness -South Vietnam morale -North Vietnam supplies and morale -B-52s -Impact -Effectiveness -Kontum -North Vietnam Losses -Intelligence reports -North Vietnam regiments -Thieu, Bunker and Abrams view on retention -Pleiku Road -Military Region One -Gen. Ngo Quang Truong -South Vietnam defense -Strategy -Air strikes -Surface-to-air [SAM] missiles -Movement -Hanoi, Haiphong, demilitarized zone [DMZ] -Air strikes -Commando operations in North Vietnam -The President’s view
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
11 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Discussion in State Department -South Vietnam force -Discussion with Thieu -Meeting with Thieu -An Loc, Kontum, Hue -Strike into North Vietnam -Thieu's position -Air strikes -Bridges -Haiphong, Hanoi, Paul Doumer bridge -Effectiveness -POL -Rail lines The President signaled the White House operator at an unknown time between 10:51 am and 11:16 am. [Conversation No. 726-1C] [See Conversation No. 24-156] -Limits place on Air Force bombing [The above portion of the office conversation took place simultaneously with Conversation No. 726-1C]. -Reaction by US Air Force [USAF] -Kissinger’s view -Air Force Chief of Staff -Kissinger’s view -Kissinger’s orders -Adm. John S. McCain, Jr. The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 10:51 am and 11:16 am. [Conversation No. 726-1D] [See Conversation No. 24-157] [End of telephone conversation] -Adm. Thomas H. Moorer
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
12 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Location -Targets -Buffer zone -Restrictions -Hanoi area -Reluctance -Reasons -Moorer -Meeting with President and Kissinger -Location Stephen B. Bull entered at 11:16 am. Bull talked with Moorer between 11:16 am and 11:17 am. [Conversation No. 726-1E] [See Conversation No. 24-158] [End of telephone conversation] Moorer -Location -Meeting with President and Kissinger Bull left at an unknown time at or before 11:17 am. Agnew's trip -Vietnam -Air strikes -M-36s [The above portion of the office conversation took place simultaneously with Conversation No. 726-1E] Vietnam -Air Force -Limits -President's orders -The President’s view -Responsibility -Problems -Gen. John D. Ryan
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
13 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Replacement -The President’s view -The President’s view -Attitude -Compared with the Israeli Air Force Moorer entered at 11:17 am. Greetings Vietnam -Air strikes -Limits -Comments from South Vietnam and Pearl Harbor -Reports to Agnew -Ryan -Replacement -The President’s view -Ryan’s son -President's orders -Restrictions -Reasons -Hanoi -Distance -Duration -Air Force -Reasons For Performance -The President’s view -Press reports -Reports to Agnew -Commanders -Replacements -Air Force Chief of Staff -President's orders -Ryan -McCain -Retrictions -Reaction -Reasons -Air Force -Performances -Moorer’s view -Reason
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
14 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -The President’s view -Israeli Air Force -B-52s -Location -Abrams's report -Attitude -Support of President -Ryan -Possible resignation -The President’s view -Hanoi -POL -Comments to Agnew -Restricted areas -Implementation -Date -Changes -Moorer's responsibility -Time -Methods Moorer left at 11:22 am. Vietnam -Air strikes -Raids -President's orders -Attitude -Weather -Number of sorties in past week -Ceiling -Blockade -Reaction -Laird, Defense Department, State Department, Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] -Air strikes -Air Force -Changes -Ryan -Moorer -Restrictions -Implementation -Date and duration
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
15 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -PRC border -Bridges -Hanoi -Soviet Embassy -Power plant Kissinger -Meeting with Congressional Leaders -Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT] Vietnam -Air strikes -Authorization -Power plants -Hanoi -Haiphong -Restrictions -Number of targets -Time -Reason for action -Losses -B-52s -Hanoi area -SAMs -Air Force responsibility -Compared with US Navy and Haiphong -Air Force -Hanoi -President's orders -Haiphong targets compared with Hanoi targets -B-52 strikes -President's orders -Abrams's attitude Kissinger -SALT meeting Kissinger left at 11:25 am. Vietnam -Air strikes -Air Force responsibility
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
16 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) Agnew's trip -Vietnam -Abrams -South Vietnam bombing -The President’s view -Thailand -Leaders -Attitude towards blockade -US air bases -Economic benefits -North East insurgency -US military aid -Helicopters -Congress -Funds -Agnew talk with Laird -Need for action -Agnew report to President -Armored vehicles -Number unused -Significance -Small unit communications equipment -Drug traffic -Opium -Lester L. Wolff -Opium Destruction Program -Credit -Thais -PRC -Military briefing by Agnew -Support for President's policies -Leonard Unger -Views on Vietnam -Replacement -The President’s view -Beliefs -Ambassador Bunker -Attitude toward President's policies -Attitude toward Thieu Vietnam -Agnew's press briefing -President's policies
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
17 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Success -Vietnamization -North Vietnam offensive -Failure -US Pacification Program -Reason -President's policies -Success -Soviet Summit -Soviet attitude toward North Vietnam -Settlement -Failure -Consequences -Destruction of Hanoi -Civilian casualties -Air strikes -Hanoi power plant -Report to Agnew at Guam -B-52s -McCain -Possible retention -Son [John S. McCain, III] -POW -Extension of command -Abrams -Agnew’s view -Meeting with Agnew -Attitude toward air strikes -Strategy -An Loc -Kontum -South Vietnam morale -Targets -Thieu's position -President's policies -Blockade -North Vietnam bombing -B-52s -Use in South Vietnam -Number -Limitations -Carriers -Marine squadrons
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
18 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Number -Japan -Thailand Agnew's trip -Japan -Thailand -Consultations -Leaks -Japan -South Vietnam, Saigon -Agnew's report to press -Success Wallace -President's previous visit -Possible Agnew visit -Timing -Condition -Paralysis -Extent -Doctor's reports -Attitude -President's visit -American flag -Possible Agnew visit -President's suggestion -Agnew's statement -Call to Cornelia Wallace -Arrangements -Dr. William M. Lukash -Purpose Agnew's schedule -Rest -A dinner -Tricia Nixon Cox -John Wayne, Francis A. (“Frank”) Sinatra, Hope, James (“Jimmy”) Stewart -Fundraiser
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
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19 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5 [Personal Returnable] [Duration: 22s ]
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
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Wallace -Gun control legislation -Herbert L. (“Herblock”) Block cartoon -Sick society -President's proposed legislation -Advocates -Sick society -Assassination attempt on Franklin D. Roosevelt and [Mayor Anton Cermak] -Assassination attempt on Harry S. Truman -Blair House -Killing of Secret Service agent -Shooting in House of Representatives -Price of free society -Dictatorships -Soviet Union -Firearms -Sick society -Rebuttals -Roosevelt -Truman John B. Connally -Plans -Return to Texas -Brother
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20 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02)
Conv. No. 726-1 (cont.)
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Agnew -Press briefing [This conversation continues on Conversation No. 726-2]
Conversation No. 726-2 Date: May 19, 1972 Time: 11:42 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Spiro T. Agnew and Stephen B. Bull; this conversation is a continuation of Conversation No. 726-1. Agnew -Escort to press room -Tricia Nixon Cox Butterfield left.
Conversation No. 726-3 Date: May 19, 1972 Time: 11:42 am - 11:45 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Alexander P. Butterfield. President's schedule -Press reception -Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon
21 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Presence -Remarks Butterfield left at 11:45 am.
Conv. No. 726-2 (cont.)
Conversation No. 726-4 Date: May 19, 1972 Time: 11:45 am- 12:19 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen B. Bull and H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. President's schedule -3 o'clock meeting -Meeting with Robert C. Byrd -Black lung bill -John D. Ehrlichman -Meeting with George P. Shultz -Meeting with Ehrlichman -Plans -President's absence Bull left at an unknown time before 11:46 am. -Meeting with Shultz -Morale -Personnel -Following John B. Connally’s policies -Amount of time Ronald L. Ziegler entered at 11:46 am. -Length of meeting -Time -Shultz -Time -Ehrlichman -Time -Shultz
22 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Time -Ehrlichman -Meeting on Capitol Hill -Time -Briefing books -Number -Henry A. Kissinger -Shultz -Meeting with President -Time allotted -Appointments Soviet Summit -Robert J. McCloskey call -Briefing -William P. Rogers -Call -Appearance at McCloskey's briefing -Purpose -President's press conference -Time -Rogers's briefing -The President’s view -Kissinger -Talking points -McCloskey -Bilateral discussions -Effect on President's press conference -Purpose -Kissinger briefing -Austria -Date -Content -President's press conference -McCloskey call to Ziegler -Rogers's call to Ziegler -Ziegler's response -Ehrlichman -Shultz -Rogers's press briefing -Ziegler's response -President's press conference
Conv. No. 726-4 (cont.)
23 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) An unknown woman entered at an unknown time after 11:46 am. Kissinger -Meeting with President -Location The unknown woman left at an unknown time before 11:55 am. Soviet Summit -Rogers's press briefing -Advantages -Adele (Langston) Rogers -Presence in Poland -Rogers -Visit to Vladimir Lenin's tomb -Described -Knowledge -President's press conference -Press coverage -Rogers's press conference -Press coverage President's visits to George C. Wallace -Press coverage Rogers -The President’s view President's press conference -Purpose Kissinger -Meeting with President -Rogers -Briefing in Austria Soviet Summit -Rogers -Absence -President's press conference -Scope -Briefings by Rogers, Peter G. Peterson, and Earl L. Butz -Rogers
Conv. No. 726-4 (cont.)
24 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Plenary sessions -Meeting with Leonid I. Brezhnev -Meeting with Andrei A. Gromyko -The President’s view -Vietnam blockade position -Briefings -Science Kissinger -Meeting with President -An unknown woman -Length of meeting Haldeman talked with Kissinger at an unknown time between 11:46 am and 11:55 am. [Conversation No. 726-4A] Meeting with President -Location [End of telephone conversation] Soviet Summit -McCloskey -Rogers -Call from Ziegler -Press conference Kissinger entered at 11:55 am. -Calls from Rogers and McCloskey -Reasons -Kissinger briefing in Salzburg -President's press conference -Conflict with Rogers -Rogers's press conference -Reasons -Marvin L. Kalb report -Rebuttal -State Department compared with the White House -Rebuttal -Rogers -Position in National Security Council [NSC]
Conv. No. 726-4 (cont.)
25 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Talk with Connally -President's press conference -The President’s decision -Relation to Rogers's press briefing -Time -Possible attendees -Rogers -Staff members -Purpose -Attendees -Rogers -Kissinger -White House staff -Kissinger -William L. Safire -Herbert G. Klein -Press office staff Ziegler -Call to Rogers -President's press conference Kissinger -Background briefing in Salzburg President's attitude -Priorities -Conflicts Ziegler left at 11:58 am. Vietnam -Spiro T. Agnew's comments -Target limitations -President's response -Air strikes -Limits -Melvin R. Laird -Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. -Abrams -Future as Chief of Staff -Reasons -President's orders
Conv. No. 726-4 (cont.)
26 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Kissinger’s view -Psychological campaign -Laird's amendments -[David] Kenneth Rush -Laird-Abrams telephone call -President's orders -Air Force comments to Agnew -Call to Adm. John S. McCain, Jr. -President's response to Air Force's work -Rush -Possible call from Haldeman concerning Laird -Soviet trip Kissinger's schedule -A meeting -Postponement -Meeting on Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT] -Henry M. (“Scoop”) Jackson Adm. Thomad H. Moorer SALT -Described -Conditions -Gerard C. Smith -Hawks' position -Soviet demand -Weapons freeze Ehrlichman entered at 12:00 pm. Vietnam -Air action -President's orders -Complaints to Agnew -Agnew's position -Additional action in North Vietnam -Propaganda -Failure -Richard M. Helms -Replacement -The President’s view
Conv. No. 726-4 (cont.)
27 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) Ziegler entered at 12:01 pm. Soviet Summit -Rogers -An announcement -President's press conference -Clark M. Clifford -Rogers's press briefing President's schedule -Meetings with Ehrlichman and Shultz Soviet Summit -Ziegler's statement to Rogers -Plans -President's press conference -Rogers's press conference -Plans -Statements -President's press conference -Time -Rogers's press conference -Call from Haldeman -Problems -Problems -Vietnam -Impression -President's press conference -Handling -Roger's press conference -Impression -Haldeman call -Ziegler call -Time -Soviet Summit Ziegler left at 12:04 pm. Vietnam -Psychological warfare -Delay -Duration -Timing
Conv. No. 726-4 (cont.)
28 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Soviet Summit -Leaflets -Hanoi -Other forms of propaganda -Past performance -Kissinger's understanding -Air strikes -Agnew's report on Abrams President's schedule -Briefing books -Last book -Locations -Meeting with George P. Shultz -Authority Vietnam -Psychological warfare -Leaflet drops -Locations -News story -Rebuttal Haldeman and Kissinger left at 12:05 pm. Black lung legislation -President's signing -Cost -Administrative concerns -Robert C. Byrd's suggestion -President's veto -Political damage -Arch A. Moore -Pennsylvania -Ohio -Illinois -Congress -Override -Byrd -Senate and House support - of bill -Support for President -Effect on President's reelection chances
Conv. No. 726-4 (cont.)
29 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Meeting with President -Time -News story -Date of release -Moore -Moore -President's veto -Call from Ehrlichman -Byrd Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] report -Wallace shooting -Arthur H. Bremer -The President’s view -Political affiliations -Wallace support -Diary -Transcription for President -Mental state -Wallace, McGovern -Motives -Publicity -Money -Political affiliation -Wallace, McGovern Wallace -Meeting with President -Physical condition -Morale -President's visit -Physical condition -Analysis -Effect on Wallace Busing -Ehrlichman's briefing -Constitutional amendment -The President’s memeorandum -Congressional conference report -Congressional action -Time -President response
Conv. No. 726-4 (cont.)
30 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Legislation -Time -Richard M. Scammon's surveys -Domestic Council -Edwin L. Harper, Raymond K. Price, Jr., Leonard Garment -The President’s view -Political sensitivities -President's position -Freedom of choices -Use of term -Housing, schools -Connotations -Dual school system -Ehrlichman's trip to Michigan -Quote on President's position
Conv. No. 726-4 (cont.)
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-Conference report -New York Times support -President's veto -The President’s view Welfare reform -Elliot L. Richardson -Memorandum to President -Compromise with Abraham A. Ribicoff -President's orders -Ehrlichman's memorandum to Richardson and James D. Hodgson Rebuttal memorandum -President's initials
31 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02)
Conv. No. 726-4 (cont.)
Budget -President's position -House Resolution [HR]1 -Ehrlichman memorandum -President's signature -Effect Shultz -Confirmation -Timing with Richard G. Kleindienst's confirmation -Reason -Order of confirmation -Clark MacGregor Kleindienst -Confirmation -Timing -Swearing-in -Notary public clerk -Shultz -President's role Shultz -President's view -Swearing-in -President's role Revenue sharing -Bill in House of Representatives -Celebration -Connally, Ehrlichman's position -Statement Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT] -Caspar W. Weinberger plan -Political considerations -Funds cutoff -Contracts with agencies -Termination -Method -Rationalization -Method
32 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Possible complaints -Vietnam Gun control -Effect of Wallace shooting -Need for action -"Saturday night specials" -Bremer -Gun control laws in Maryland -Laws -Impact on citizen -Ehrlichman’s view -Impact on criminals -Senate bills -Birch E. Bayh, Jr. Roman L. Hruska -Administration’s position -Press office -Ehrlichman speech -Philadelphia -Impact on citizen -Administration position -Press coverage Soviet trip -Ehrlichman's best wishes -Meeting with Ehrlichman Ehrlichman left at 12:19 pm.
Conv. No. 726-4 (cont.)
Conversation No. 726-5 Date: May 19, 1972 Time: 12:19 pm - 12:49 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with George P. Shultz. [Discontinuities at the end of the conversation appear in the original recording.] Shultz
33 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Confirmation -Clark MacGregor -Timing with Richard G. Kleindienst's confirmation -Tactical considerations -Congressional tactics -Acting Secretary of Treasury -Confirmation -Hearings -Support -Relationship to Kleindienst hearings -Filibuster -President's strategy -Timing -Ease -Acting Secretary of Treasury -Legality -Timing -The President’s trip to the Soviet Union -John B. Connally trip -Date -Australia, New Zealand, and South America -Purpose -Shultz's assumption of position -Legal impediments -Date -Connally trip -Transition -Speed Shultz's schedule -Briefings -Meetings with Congressmen -Office of Management and Budget [OMB] work Connally -Trip -Status Shultz -Acting Secretary status
Conv. No. 726-5 (cont.)
34 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) Treasury Department -Personnel -Shultz's choices -Tax reform -Personnel -Edwin S. Cohen -Personnel -Shake-up at top -Current problems -"Chicago group" -Arnold R. Weber -Knowledge -Work on freeze -Management needs -Internal Revenue Service [IRS], Customs -Shake-up at IRS -Connally's changes -President's expectations of Shultz -Changes -Scope -Timing -Forthcoming election -Preparation -Qualities -Youth -Possible current changes -Effect -Top managers -Support of President -Charls E. Walker -Paul A. Volcker -Future positions -Shultz's team -Connally's team -Qualities desired Department of Labor -Shultz’s previous tenure George Meany -Call -Meeting -Cost of Living Council [COLC] , tax reform
Conv. No. 726-5 (cont.)
35 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Benefits
Conv. No. 726-5 (cont.)
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-Work with Shultz -Lee Elder -Identified -Appointment as golf professional at Washington, DC golf course -Rogers C.B. Morton George B. Hartzog, Jr. -The President’s view -Future -Action on Elder appointment Elder -Appointment as gold professional -President's orders -Shultz's call to Meany -President's role
36 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02)
Conv. No. 726-5 (cont.)
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Economic policy -Shultz -Knowledge -Conflicts with Arthur F. Burns -Money supply -Convertibility -Tax system -The President’s view -Reform -Use -Social goals -Legislation and appropriations -Charitable deductions -Simplification -Tax lawyers -Value-added tax [VAT] -Manufacturers' excise -Loopholes -Milton Friedman -Recruitment -The President’s view -Consultation -Possibility -Support for President -View of wage and price controls -Recruitment -President's urging -The President’s trip tot he Soviet Union -Teaching load -Conditions -Personnel
37 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Recruitment -Qualities desired -Friedman -Radicalism -The President’s view -Value -The President’s message -Shultz's future plans -Tax reform -Treasury Department -Shake-up -Dwight D. Eisenhower era personnel -The President’s view -Harry S. Truman era personnel -The President’s view -Congressional partnership -Wilbur D. Mills -Russell B. Long -Meetings with Shultz -Advice -Work with President -Senate role -Mills -Importance -Meeting with President -Tax bill -Mills's position on reductions -Problems -Loopholes -Democratic criticisms -Effect of Democratic National Convention -Republicans -Importance -Meetings with Shultz -Shultz's relationship with President, Republicans -Handling Treasury Department -Shultz's nomination -President's advice on role -Connally -Relationship with Caspar W. Weinberger on budget -Importance
Conv. No. 726-5 (cont.)
38 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Trade and monetary policy -US National interests -Trade terms -Protectionism -Forthcoming election -President's position -Support for Connally's position -Shultz's position -Press reports -Peter M. Flanigan -Work on international trade policy -Connally -Knowledge -Shultz's role -Quadriad -COLC -Controls -1972 election -Termination -Timing -Budget -Projections Shultz left at 12:49 pm.
Conv. No. 726-5 (cont.)
Conversation No. 726-6 Date: May 19, 1972 Time: Unknown between 12:49 pm and 12:51 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen B. Bull. President's schedule -Dr. W. Kenneth Riland -Press reception -A barber's appointment -Robert C. Byrd -Time -Bi-partisan congressional leaders -A barber's appointment
39 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Time Bull left at an unknown time before 12:51 pm.
Conv. No. 726-6 (cont.)
Conversation No. 726-7 Date: May 19,1972 Time: 12:51pm - 12:55 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. President's schedule -A meeting -Meeting with Henry A. Kissinger -Jacob K. Javits -The President’s view Soviet summit -William P. Rogers's press conference -Call from Ronald L. Ziegler -Reasons -Clark M. Clifford -Statements -Marvin L. Kalb report -Source -Kissinger -Dinner party with Marvin Kalb and Bernard Kalb -Content Haldeman left at 12:55 pm.
Conversation No. 726-8 Date: May 19, 1972 Time: 12:55 pm - 1:04 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with William J. Porter and Henry A. Kissinger.
40 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02)
Greetings Porter's schedule -Travel -Children Vietnam -Paris talks -North Vietnam Strategy -Le Duc Tho -Stay in Paris -Stops in Peking and Moscow -North Vietnam offensive -Losses -US and South Vietnam counter action -US bombing -Limitations -People’s Republic of China [PRC] trip -Ceasefire -South, North -Prisoners of war [POWs] -Purpose -Blockade -Harm to North Vietnam -President's peace terms -State Department response -Foreign service -Pentagon response -The President’s view -Air strikes -Adm. John S. McCain -Talk with Spiro T. Agnew -McCain -Restrictions -Ceilings -The President’s trip to the Soviet Union -Talk with Henry A. Kissinger -Future -Orders from President -Damages -Aerial photographs -PRC border
41 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Restrictions -Reason -Targets in Area -Bridges -Railroad marshalling yards -Railroad marshalling yards -Damage -Photographs -Restrictions -Response -Basis -Effect -Railroads -Trucks -Limitations -Railroads -Pontoon bridges -Trucks -Usefulness in moving supplies -Paris talks -Porter's role -Plenary session -Timing -Private session -President's offers -North Vietnam responses -North Vietnam counter offers -Soviets -Possible North Vietnam offer -Likelihood -Return of POWs for US withdrawal -North Vietnam offensive -Failure -Signs -New York Times, Washington Post -Army of the Republic of South Vietnam [ARVN] -Nguyen Van Thieu's position -Commentaries -New York Times -Washington Post -Time -Newsweek -Networks
Conv. No. 726-8 (cont.)
42 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -The President’s view -Paris talks -Porter's work -Foreign Service evaluated -Bureaucrats -Soviet Union Porter and Kissinger left at 1:04 pm.
Conv. No. 726-8 (cont.)
Conversation No. 726-9 Date: May 19, 1972 Time: Unknown between 1:04 pm and 1:08 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with an unknown man. Order The unknown man left at an unknown time before 1:08 pm.
Conversation No. 726-10 Date: May 19, 1972 Time: Unknown between 1:04 pm and 1:08 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen B. Bull. President's schedule -Henry A. Kissinger -Location -A barber's appointment -Time Bull left at an unknown time before 1:08 pm.
43 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02)
Conversation No. 726-11 Date: May 19, 1972 Time: 1:08 pm - 1:27 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. Soviet Summit -Henry A. Kissinger -Leak -State Department -William P. Rogers -Statement at National Security Council [NSC] meeting -State Department statement -Kissinger -President's departure for the Soviet Union -Control of Charles W. Colson's office -Meetings with Haldeman -Domestic activities Vietnam -New York Times article -Kenneth W. Clawson's rebuttal -White House involvement -President's attitude White House staff -Papers for President -The President’s view -Clawson's action Kissinger entered at 1:11 pm. Soviet Summit -President's meeting with press -Talking points Haldeman left at 1:12 pm.
44 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -President's meeting with Congressional leaders -Topics of discussion -Exchange -Environmental controls -Health, cultural exchanges -Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty [SALT] -SALT -Andrei A. Gromyko message to Kissinger -Soviet Union position -Gerard C. Smith's position -Status of negotiation -State Department -Gen. Alexander M. Haig, Jr. -Conclusion of talks -President's meeting with Congressional leaders -Topics -Vietnam -Middle East -SALT -European Security Conference -Press -Proper framework -Briefings -Frequency -Ronald L. Ziegler -Frequency -President's press briefing -Topics -Limits of Summits -Vienna, Camp David, Geneva, Glassboro -Purpose -Preparation -Contacts with Leonid I. Brezhnev -Unresolved issues -Frequency -Summit -Third nations -Concerns -US allies -PRC -Treaties -SALT -Others
Conv. No. 726-11 (cont.)
45 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Submission to Senate -Report to American people -Television speech -Questions and answers [Q&A] -Televised arrival ceremony -President's speech upon arrival in Moscow -Toasts -First toast -The President’s view -Television speech to Soviet people -Location -Kremlin Vietnam -Psychological warfare -Implementation -Problems -Kissinger's position -President's orders -Haig's check on situation -[David] Kenneth Rush -Call from Kissinger -Melvin R. Laird and Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. -Activities -Equipment for South Vietnam -President's orders -Reasons -Implementation -Laird's orders -Service secretaries -Rush's program -Kissinger’s view -President's authorization -Timing -Laird Helsinki talks -[Smith] -Kissinger’s view -NSC help Soviet Summit -Press briefing
Conv. No. 726-11 (cont.)
46 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Rogers and Kissinger -Presence -Meeting with Congressional leaders -Rogers's presence -Press briefing -Kissinger's presence -Rogers's attitude -Rogers's presence -Talk with reporters -Kissinger's presence Vietnam -Air strikes -Behavior of military -The President’s view -Restrictions -Agnew -Report -The President’s view -Military authority -Implementation -Reasons -Effects on North Vietnam -Haig's report -Possible riots -Reports -Ambassadors -Indonesia, France, Poland -Psychological warfare -Leaflet drop -Hanoi Area -US bombing -Timing -Content -President's previous speech -Warnings of bombing -Timing -North Vietnam offensive -North Vietnam -Concerns of commanders -Threat of collapse -Prospects for success -Delays
Conv. No. 726-11 (cont.)
47 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -US military command -Abrams -Future -Laird -Gen. John D. Ryan -The President’s view -Future -Gen. John W. Vogt, Jr. -Future -Experience -Army -[Forename unknown] Davis -Gen. Bruce Palmer -Haig -Promotion -Work with President -Laird -Replacement -The President’s view -US war efforts -Air strikes -Agnew's report -Limits -Railroad Bridge -Restricted targets -Adm. Thomas H. Moorer's list -Effect -Railroads -Military's authority -Lyndon B. Johnson stories -Extent -B-52 strikes on North Vietnam -Timing -Intensity -B-52 employment -Advantages -Number -Assignment to Vietnam from Europe -Impact -Agnew's conversation -Comparison with F-4s -Psychological effect -Number in Europe
Conv. No. 726-11 (cont.)
48 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Number to Vietnam Kissinger left at 1:27 pm.
Conv. No. 726-11 (cont.)
Conversation No. 726-12 Date: May 19, 1972 Time: 11:27 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen Bull. Barber -Location Unknown guests -Location A delivery to the Executive Office Building [EOB] Bull left at 1:28 pm. The President left at 1:28 pm.
Conversation No. 726-13 Date: May 19, 1972 Time: 4:05 pm - 4:13 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Robert C. Byrd, John D. Ehrlichman, and Clark MacGregor; the White House photographer was present at the beginning of the meeting. Greetings [Photograph session] -Oliver F. (“Ollie”) Atkins
49 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Arrangements -Byrd's last visit -Vietnam -US withdrawal -Byrd's views Black lung bill -Memorandum to President from Caspar W. Weinberger and MacGregor -Costs per annum -“Budget-buster” -Byrd's views -MaGregor's report -Ehrlichman -Meeting with President -Talk with Byrd -President's signature -Announcement -Date -Arch A. Moore, Jr. -Meeting with Byrd -Announcement -President's decision -Announcement -Costs -Byrd's help -President's veto -Reason -Override in Congress -Likelihood -Re-introduction -Likelihood of passage -President's support -Byrd's meeting with President -Press statement -President's considerations -Presentation of case for bill -Decision by President -Date -Tone of meeting -Decision by President -Speculation -Call to Moore -Date
Conv. No. 726-12 (cont.)
50 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Time -Ehrlichman and MacGregor -Announcement of decision -MacGregor's role -Time Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 4:05 pm. Congressional leaders -Location Bull left at an unknown time before 4:13 pm. Black-lung bill -Byrd's meeting with President -Press statement -Moore's support for bill -Byrd's conversation and meeting with President -Call to office -Time -Congressional leaders meeting President's Soviet trip -Byrd's best wishes -Expected results -Vietnam -Effect in Congress Congressional leaders meeting -Byrd's presence Byrd and MacGregor left at 4:13 pm. The President left at 4:13 pm.
Conv. No. 726-13 (cont.)
Conversation No. 726-14 Date: May 19, 1972 Time: 5:23 pm - 5:25 pm Location: Oval Office
51 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02)
Conv. No. 726-13 (cont.)
The President met with Alexander P. Butterfield and Ronald L. Ziegler. The President’s schedule Ziegler left at 5:23 pm. Items for President's signature Rose Mary Woods entered at 5:24 pm. Ziegler entered at 5:24 pm. Henry A. Kissinger -Call to John C. Stennis Dr. William M. Lukash Items for delivery Butterfield, Ziegler, and Woods left at 5:25 pm.
Conversation No. 726-15 Date: May 19, 1972 Time: 5:25 pm - 5:35 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Henry A. Kissinger. Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT] -Kissinger's work with John C. Stennis -Anti-ballistic missiles [ABMs] -Offensive weapons -Henry M. (“Scoop”) Jackson -ABM -Objections to provisions -Attitude on offensive weapons -Meeting in Kissinger's office -Don Maynard
52 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Response on ABMs -Meeting with Kissinger -Military recommendations -Position -Meeting with Kissinger and Adm. Thomas H. Moorer -Stennis -Support -Need for lobbying -Gerard C. Smith and William P. Rogers -Understanding -Press briefing -President's statement -Caution -People’s Republic of China [PRC] -Compared to information supplied Congress -Caution -Areas to mention -Space -Environment -SALT Soviet Summit -President's meeting with Congressional leaders -Expectations -President's handling -Expectations -Kissinger's meetings -Stennis -Undersea Long-ranged Missiles [ULMS] -Others -President's speech -Raymond K. Price, Jr. and Kissinger work -Toasts -William L. Safire -Problems -Speechwriters compared -John K. Andrews, Jr. -Safire -Price -SALT references -SALT -Action in Moscow -Possible objections by “Hawks”
Conv. No. 726-14 (cont.)
53 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02)
Conv. No. 726-15 (cont.)
-ABM -Kissinger’s view -Kissinger's discussions with Jackson -Conflict in Senate -SALT -Support -John G. Tower -Stennis -US weaponry -Multiple Independently-targeted Reentry Vehicles [MIRVs] -ULMS -Soviet Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles [ICBMs] -Status -US weaponry -Aircraft -Problems -Duration -Comparison to PRC Communiqué -Administration's position -Vietnam -President's position -SALT -Selling of Administration position -Kissinger's absence during Summit -Laird and Moorer's role -Kissinger's early return -Likelihood -Work on communiqué, five principles -ABM -President's disagreement with Jackson -Sites -SALT -Treaty -Kissinger’s view -Public response -Peter H. Dominick -Response -Kissinger’s view -Threat of funds cutoff -James L. Buckley -Dominick -ULMS -Appropriations
54 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Jan-02) -Freeze -Alternative -Submarine provision -Soviets -Number built per year -Joint Chiefs of Staff [JCS] -Support -Moorer Vietnam -Meeting with Congressional leaders -J. William Fulbright Soviet Summit -Prospects The President and Kissinger left at 5:35 pm.
Conv. No. 726-15 (cont.)
Conversation No. 726-16 Date: May 19, 1972 Time: Unknown time between 5:35 pm and 11:59 pm Location: Oval Office Alexander P. Butterfield met with unknown people [Secret Service agents]. The President’s location An unknown agent talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 5:35 pm and 11:59 pm. [Conversation No. 726-16A]
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Conv. No. 726-15 (cont.)
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