Secret White House Tapes

746–16

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746–16
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Charles W. Colson
  • White House operator
  • Ronald L. Ziegler
  • Ronald W. Reagan
  • Stephen B. Bull
  • Caspar W. "Cap" Weinberger
  • Julie Nixon Eisenhower
July 1, 1972
Conversation No. 746-16

Date: July 1, 1972
Time: 11:19 am - 12:15 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Charles W. Colson.


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Tape Subject Log
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Issues
-Housing, maritime, elderly
-Elderly
-Colson’s forthcoming call to Arthur S. Flemming
-Llewelyn J. (“Bud”) Evans, Jr.
-Flemming’s schedule

Social Security
-Veto message
-Prices and spending
-Increased taxes

The White House operator talked with the President at an unknown time between 11:19 am and
11:25 am.

[Conversation No. 746-16A]

[See Conversation No. 26-36]

[End of telephone conversation]

The President’s press conference, June 29, 1972
-Attempts to contact Cabinet
-Instructions to Colson
-John A. Volpe
-George W. Romney
-Romney’s schedule
-Canada
-Volpe’s schedule
-Virgin Islands
-Melvin R. Laird

Laird
-Politics

The President’s recent press conference
-French prisoners of war [POWs]
-Laird
-Murrey Marder
-Nationality
-Memorandum
-Gen. Douglas MacArthur In Philippines
-French withdrawal from Vietnam
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Tape Subject Log
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-Effect on South Vietnam

David Kraslow’s article
-Vietnam negotiations
-Henry A. Kissinger
-Jews
-Marder, Kraslow
-Israel
-John A. Scali’s conversation with Kraslow
-Vietnam negotiations
-Kissinger
-POWs
-George S. McGovern

Ronald L. Ziegler entered at 11:25 am.

The President’s statement about ship building contracts, July 1, 1972
-Reaction
-Value of contracts
-Social Security bill statement
-Timing
-Clark MacGregor
-Changes to statement
-MacGregor's press conference

Kraslw’s article
-Vietnam negotiations
-Kissinger
-POWs

The President’s recent press conference
-French POWs
-Nationality
-POWs held by Japan in the Philippines
-McGovern
-Crosby S. Noyes's article, June 30, 1972
-South Vietnamese

Ziegler left and the President talked with Ronald W. Reagan at 11:28 am.

[Conversation No. 746-16B]

[See Conversation No. 26-37]
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[End of telephone conversation]

Issues
-Shipbuilding contracts
-Andrew E. Gibson and Robert J. Blackwell
-Elderly
-Food program, mailing
-Social Security
-Compared to Dwight D. Eisenhower Administration
-Democrats
-Veterans
-Aging
-Medicare
-Social Security bill
-Pending legislation
-Education, Department of Health, Education and Welfare [HEW], Office
of Economic Opportunity [OEO]
-Vetoes
-Voting pattern of elderly
-Compared to Jews
-Caspar W. (“Cap”) Weinberger

Pending legislation
-Cuts
-Public broadcasting bill veto
-Lobby
-Press and Congressional reaction
-Broadcasters
-Donald Oberdorfer, Jr.
-Public perception of public television
-Networks
-William S. Paley
-Government competition with private enterprise

Elmer Lower's speech
-American Broadcasting Corporation [ABC]
-Richard S. Salant
-Intimidation by Administration
-Economic coercion
-Colson's letters to Leonard H. Goldenson and Frank
Stanton
-Goldenson's letter to Colson
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Tape Subject Log
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-Tone
-James C. Hagerty
-Copy to Lower
-Public mistrust of network news
-Vice President Spiro T. Agnew

Watergate break-in
-Republican National Committee
-The President's role
-Public impression
-Robert F. Kennedy's bugging
-1968 bugging
-Kevin P. Phillips’s column
-Anna C. Chennault
-The President's telephones
-Lyndon B. Johnson
-Federal Bureau of Investigations [FBI]
-Bugging McGovern
-Vietnam negotations
-Phillips's article

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 11:28 am.

The President's schedule
-Weinberger

Bull left at an unknown time before 11:36 am.

Weinberger
-Defense Department
-Meat purchase cuts

Weinberger entered at 11:36 am.

-Defense Department procurement
-[David] Kenneth Rush
-Kenneth W. Dam
-Paul H. Riley
-Press release

Social Security bill statement
-Necessity for taxes to balance spending
-Congress
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Tape Subject Log
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-Veto strategy
-Elliot L. Richardson
-Education, health
-House Resolution [HR] 1
-Social Security increase

Necessity for budget cuts
-Model cities
-Amount of Social Security increase
-Public broadcasting
-Model cities
-Urban renewal
-Day care
-OEO
-Forthcoming message
-Spending ceiling
-University grants
-Advisory committees
-HEW
-Effects on economy
-Timing
-Urban renewal
-1974, 1975
-October 1. 1972
-Announcements

Social Security
-Bill signing
-Compared to veto
-Budget cuts
-Date of checks
-Notice in envelopes
-Wording
-Past practice in California
-Franchise tax board
-Legislature
-Credit to Administration
-Social Security Administration [SSA]
-Robert M. Ball
-Colson’s previous action
-Unknown project
-Presidential statement
-Presidential quote
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Tape Subject Log
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-Numbers of recipients
-Bill signing
-Possible veto

Budget
-1973, 1974, 1975
-Possible vetoes

Instructions for Weinberger
-Forthcoming calls to Cabinet officers
-Veto message
-Budget
-Increases
-Cuts
-The President's directive
-Office of Management and Budget [OMB]
-Possible vetoes
-Department program cuts

Defense spending
-Meat purchase cuts
-HEW
-Hospitals
-Weinberger memorandum
-Press coverage

OMB
-Weinberger’s forthcoming call to H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman

Forthcoming budget announcements
-Weinberger’s forthcoming call to Haldeman
-Frank C. Carlucci
-Timing
-Democratic National Convention
-Cabinet officers’ roles
-Meeting with food retailers and chain store executives
-Strategy and proposed message
-Debt ceiling, 1974
-Cabinet

1974 budget ceilings
-HEW
-HUD
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-HR 1

The President’s schedule

Social Security bill
-Winston S. Churchill's statement on electoral defeat
-Conversation with wife
-Potsdam
-Signing
-The President’s conversation with Clark MacGregor
-Olin E. (“Tiger”) Teague
-Veterans bill
-Budget
-Congressional spending
-Veto strategy
-Debt ceiling extension
-October 31, 1972
-Possible special session of Congress
-Timing

Weinberger left at 11:53 am.

Social Security increases
-Budget
-Congressional spending
-The President's press conference June 29 1972
-Briefing book
-Domestic Council
-John D. Ehrlichman
-Patrick J. Buchanan
-Dwight D. Eisenhower's vetoes
-Overrides
-Social Security
-Future vetoes
-Cost of living

Weinberger
-Political sensibilities
-Colson
-Veterans, Social Security
-Compared to George P. Shultz
-Treasury Department
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Tape Subject Log
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Social Security
-Mailings
-Bureaucrats
-Ball
-Reappointment
-Previous mailing
-Colson
-SSA

The President left and returned at an unknown time before 11:56 am.

The President’s schedule

The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 11:53 and 1:56
am.

[Conversation No. 746-16C]

[See Conversation No. 26-38]

[End of telephone conversation]


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The President talked with Julie Nixon Eisenhower between 11:56 am and 11:59 am.

[CONVERSATION NO. 746-16D]

[SEE CONVERSATION NO. 26-39]

[End of telephone conversation]


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Colson left at 12:15 pm.
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