President Johnson was meeting with George Reedy and Horace Busby at the time of this call. President Johnson was on speakerphone.
Operators connect the call.
Dean Rusk∇: Hello?
President Johnson: Mr. Secretary?
Rusk: Yes, sir.
Secretary of State Dean Rusk∇ was meeting with Deputy Secretary of State George Ball at the time of this call.
The conversation has already begun when the recording starts. President Johnson is on the speakerphone.
Dean Rusk: [Unclear] down there, including us, of course.
The recording starts after the conversation has already begun.
Editorial Note: Lengthy extracts from an earlier transcript of this recording were published in FRUS, vol. 17, item 75 (extract). The version below has been revised by the PRP and includes the segments omitted from the FRUS version.
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