005-124

Date: 
Thursday, June 17, 1971 - 8:46pm - 8:48pm
Participants: 
Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger
Location: 
White House Telephone
Listen: 


President Nixon: Yeah?

White House Operator: [National Security Adviser] Dr. [Henry A.] Kissinger calling you, sir.

President Nixon: Yeah.

Operator: There you are.

President Nixon: Hello.

Henry A. Kissinger: Mr. President.

President Nixon: Yeah, hi.

Kissinger: I just reached [former National Security Adviser Walt W.] Rostow.

President Nixon: Yeah.

Kissinger: And he's now willing to support a statement.1

President Nixon: Yeah.

Kissinger: And we talked in general about what it might contain.

President Nixon: Yeah.

Kissinger: And he and [former U.S. Delegate to the Paris Peace Talks William J.] Jordan are going to draft it tonight.

President Nixon: Yeah.

Kissinger: I have also talked to [former White House Aide Bryce] Harlow and . . .

President Nixon: [White House Political Operative Charles W. --œChuck--] Colson, yeah.

Kissinger: Colson. And I have my doubts about a presidential statement by [former President Lyndon B.] Johnson, because you might be better off fighting this one alone without having him as an ally. But what I thought, Mr. President, if you agree, is that we might talk it over at our staff meeting tomorrow.

President Nixon: All right, fine.

Kissinger: And then make a recommendation to you. In the meantime, they're drafting the LBJ statement anyway, so nothing is being held up.

President Nixon: All right, fine. Yeah, they can't reach him tonight, I understand.

Kissinger: That's right.

President Nixon: That's fine.

Kissinger: But they will have a draft statement for him in the morning.

President Nixon: Yeah.

Kissinger: And we will then be able also to make a recommendation to you.

President Nixon: Yeah.

Kissinger: And if you want it, they'll make it.

President Nixon: All right, fine, fine.

Kissinger: So [unclear].

President Nixon: That's fine. Let me know in the morning.

Kissinger: [Unclear.]

President Nixon: OK, Henry. Thank you.

 

1 Nixon wanted former President Lyndon B. Johnson to make a public statement against the leak of the Pentagon Papers. (↑)

Original tape courtesy of the Nixon Library. This transcript is a working draft. Please let us know if you find important errors.