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503–6
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Ronald L. Ziegler
  • Henry A. Kissinger
  • Stephen B. Bull
  • Gerard C. Smith
  • Paul H. Nitze
  • Llewellyn E.
  • Philip J. Farley
May 21, 1971
Conversation No. 503-6

Date: May 21, 1971
Time: 9:53 am - 10:43 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Ronald L. Ziegler.

Economic issues
-Consumer Price Index [CPI] increase
-John B. Connally
-George P. Shultz
-George W. Romney
-Congress
-Spending
-Full employment budget
-Price parity
-Shultz's reaction to CPI figure
-Food price increases
-Last year's food price rise
-Inflation
-Rate

Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]
-Henry A. Kissinger’s briefing
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-President's initiative
Ziegler left at 9:56 am.

Kissinger entered at 9:56 am.

SALT negotiations
-William P. Rogers
-Gerard C. Smith Conv. No. 503-5 (cont.)
-Level
-Rogers
-Timing
-Accidental war
-Hot line
-Possible statement
-Smith
-Vladimir S. Semenov
-Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
-Helsinki
-SALT delegates
-Leaks
-Anti-ballistic missiles [ABM]
-Offensive weapons
-US position
-ABM
-Safeguard
-Dobrynin
-Kissinger's briefing to the press
-ABM
-Offensive weapons
-Multiple Independently-targetable Reentry Vehicle [MIRV]
-Submarines
-Press reaction
-President's involvement in SALT agreement
-Role of Joint Chiefs of Staff [JCS]
-Support for President by press in coming election
-President

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 9:56 am.

Forthcoming SALT delegation meeting with the President

Bull left at an unknown time before 10:03 am.
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Kissinger's meeting in his office with two reporters
Change of Kissinger's scheduled meeting on Vietnam until May 22, 1971

Kissinger's future meetings with
-[Forename unknown] Franco of Newsweek
-Osborn Elliott
-James J. Kilpatrick, Jr. Conv. No. 503-6 (cont.)
-William F. Buckley, Jr.

SALT
-Press reaction
-Times editorial of May 21, 1971
-People

Rogers, Gerard C. Smith, Royal B. Allison, Paul H. Nitze, Llewellyn E. Thompson, and Philip J.
Farley entered at 10:03 am; photographers were present at the beginning of the meeting.

Science Medals

Seating arrangement

Photographs

SALT negotiations
-Vienna
-Outcome of the SALT agreement
-Press
-Defense Department and their supporters
-Leaks
-White House
-Rogers
-State Department
-Bureaucracy
-President's position on inclusion of safeguards in SALT
-Press
-Henry M. (\"Scoop\") Jackson
-ABM
-Washington, D.C.
-Perception of Soviet interests
-Offensive weapons
-President's expectations of SALT
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-Senators
-Press columnists
-Press conferences
-Soviet and American domestic problems
-Agreement
-Negotiating strategy
-Rogers
-Public perception Conv. No. 503-6 (cont.)
-J. William Fulbright
-Congressional action
-Smith
-US security
-Leaks
-Success of negotiations
-Consultation
-Information
-American security
-Strategy
-Perception of Soviet arms
-Agreement
-Hot line
-Time period
-Treaty
-President's China policy
-French
-British
-ABM
-Soviet advantage
-US defenses
-American security
-Soviet missiles
-A comprehensive treaty
-Scope of the SALT agreement
-Missile sites
-Smith
-Thomas H. Moorer
-Options
-Radar
-European Security Council
-Rogers’ forthcoming meeting
-Their reaction to SALT
-Soviet-American policy
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Tape Subject Log
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-Influence

Science awards
-Peace

Alexander P. Butterfield entered at 10:40 am.

President's schedule Conv. No. 503-6 (cont.)
-Science awards ceremony
-International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium [INTELSAT]

Rogers, et al., left at 10:43.
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