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943–1
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Alexander M. Haig
  • Henry A. Kissinger
  • UNKNOWN
  • Ronald L. Ziegler
June 18, 1973
Conversation No. 943-1

Date: June 18, 1973
Time: 9:20 am - 10:13 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

President’s schedule
-Leonid I. Brezhnev visit

-Henry A. Kissinger

-Beltsville, Maryland

-Signing ceremony

-Signing of agreements

-Cultural, scientific
-Tax, agriculture
-Camp David
-Andrei A. Gromyko, William P. Rogers
-Travel arrangements
-Middle East communique
-Private meeting between President and Brezhnev
-Blair House
-Impromptu meeting
-Kissinger
-4:00 pm meeting
-Private meeting between President and Brezhnev
-Rogers, Kissinger, Gromyko
-President’s concerns about Rogers
-President’s forthcoming toast, June 18, 1973
-Coverage
-Text of toast
-Preparation
-San Clemente
-Departure time
-Blair house
-Dinner arrangements
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 943-1 (cont’d)

-Air Force One

-El Toro Air Force Base

-Farewell ceremony

-Helicopter trip

-Signing ceremony

-Communique

-Housing arrangements

-Gromyko, Anatoliy F. Dobrynin

-Kissinger’s evaluation

-Release of dissident Jewish leaders

-Leak to media

-Afternoon meeting

-Time, location

-Media coverage

-Meeting at Blair House


Watergate
-Washington Post story, June 18, 1973
-H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman
-J. Fred Buzhardt, Jr.’s forthcoming conversation with John J. Wilson
-News summary

-Gordon C. Strachan

-Haldeman

-Possible leaks

-Leonard Garment

-Telephone call from Haig

-David R. Gergen

-Relationship with Robert U. (“Bob”) Woodward

-White House employment

-Capabilities

-President’s view

-Buzhardt, Charles Allen Wright

-Gergen

-Forthcoming conversation with Haig

-Capabilities

-Haig’s view

-Washington Post story, June 18, 1973

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 943-1 (cont’d)

-Ehrlichman, Haldeman, Wilson
-President’s strategy
-President’s knowledge
-John N. Mitchell
-Martha (Beall) Mitchell, Helen A. Thomas

Kissinger entered at an unknown time after 9:20 am.

President’s schedule

Kissinger left at an unknown time before 9:45 am.

Watergate

-Brezhnev visit

-Editorials
-President’s negotiating position
-Content
-Roman L. Hruska’s editorial
-Henry M. (“Scoop”) Jackson’s statement
-Allegations concerning President’s role
-Egil (“Bud”) Krogh, Jr.
-John W. Dean, III
-Break-in of Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office
-Krogh’s letter concerning Ehrlichman
-President’s knowledge
-Effect on Brezhnev visit

-Dean

-Fred D. Thompson

-Possible immunity

-Buzhardt


An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 9:20 am.

President’s schedule

-Meeting with Kissinger [?]


The unknown man left at an unknown time before 9:45 am.
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 943-1 (cont’d)


Watergate
-Washington Post story, June 18, 1973

-Buzhardt’s view

-Goal

-Mitchell, Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Dean

-White House strategy

-Haig’s forthcoming call to Wilson

-Dean
-Allegations concerning President’s role in funds for defendants
-Krogh
-Buzhardt’s view
-Possible cross-examination
-Meeting with President, Mitchell, Haldeman, Ehrlichman, March 21, 1973
-Need for full disclosure
-Haldeman’s possible statement
-Buzhardt’s conversation with Wilson

-Ervin Committee hearings

-Witness schedule

-White House strategy

-Buzhardt

-Haldeman’s possible statement

-White House strategy

-Buzhardt, Garment, Ronald Ziegler

-President’s schedule

-Dean’s possible allegations

-Buzhardt’s statement

-Dean

-March 21, 1973 conversation with President concerning funds

-Possible documents

-Buzhardt’s views

-Statement

-Possible effect on Brezhnev visit

-Press

-Washington Post, Baltimore Sun

-Jackson

-White House statement

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 943-1 (cont’d)

-Buzhardt

-Haldeman’s possible statement

-President’s possible statement

-President’s March 21, 1973 meeting with Dean
-President’s investigation
-Buzhardt and staff
-President’s methodology

-William O. Bittman

-Howard H. Baker, Jr.’s statement, June 17, 1973

-Buzhardt’s reply

-Ervin Committee hearings

-President’s possible appearance


Melvin R. Laird’s schedule

-Visits to officials


President’s schedule

-Brezhnev

-Planes to California

-Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon
-Idanell(Brill) (“Nellie”) Connally, Adele (Langston) Rogers, John B.
Connally
-San Clemente

-Arrival

-Tour


Watergate

-Buzhardt

-Thompson’s views concerning Dean

-Questions


An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 9:20 am.

President’s schedule

The unknown man left at an unknown time before 9:45 am.
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 943-1 (cont’d)

An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 9:20 am.

President’s schedule

-Kissinger


The unknown man left at an unknown time before 9:45 am.

Ronald L. Ziegler entered at 9:45 am.

Brezhnev visit
-Story concerning 17 soviet journalists
-Kissinger
-President’s conversation with Dobrynin
-Arrangements for photos
-Media coverage
-Comments during photos
-President’s forthcoming toast, June 18, 1973
-Coverage
-Length
-Preparation
-Transcript for translation
-President’s composition of the toast
-Kissinger

Kissinger entered at 9:49 am.

Brezhnev visit

-Length

-Preparation, length

-President’s assessment of the toast
-Gergen
-Speechwriters
-Toast prepared by Kissinger’s staff
-Length
-Brezhnev’s toast
-People’s Republic of China [PRC]
-Advance copy for the President
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 943-1 (cont’d)

-Length

-Interpretation

-President’s toast

-Length


Ziegler left at 9:50 am.

Brezhnev visit

-President’s meeting

-Helmut (“Hal”) Sonnenfeldt

-Note taking

-Soviet interpreter

-Brezhnev’s children’s letter to Julie Nixon Eisenhower and Tricia Nixon Cox
-Fatherly advice
-Graduation ceremony
-Blair house meeting

-Time

-Improvised meeting

-Rogers’s possible meeting with Gromyko

-European Security Conference

-Media coverage

-Photographs

-Gromyko, Dobrynin, Kissinger, Rogers

-Release of Jewish dissidents

-Kissinger’s conversation with Garment
-US Jewish leaders
-Possible meeting with President, Kissinger, or Garment
-Previous meetings with Jewish leaders
-Credit for release
-Previous meeting with Kissinger
-Garment’s request for President
-Jewish support for President
-Jewish emigration
-President’s image
-Effect on Soviet policy

-Demeanor

-Soviet actions toward PRC

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 943-1 (cont’d)

-Strength
-US domestic situation
-President’s visit to Soviet Union in 1972
-Toughness
-Soviet goals
-Europe
-China


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Brezhnev visit

-Sequoia

-Brezhnev

-State dinner, June 18, 1973

-Kissinger’s discussion with Dobrynin

-Lincoln memorial

-Rogers’s possible meeting with Gromyko

-Camp David

-Assignments

-European Security Conference

-Communique

-Middle East

-Schedule

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 943-1 (cont’d)

-Brezhnev’s schedule
-Invitation to Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR]
-Forthcoming toast
-Transcript for President
-President’s forthcoming toast
-Content

-Family

-Diplomacy

-Results of summit

-Schedule
-Brezhnev’s evaluation of president
-Effect of Dean’s Ervin Committee testimony
-Kissinger’s assessment

-Patriotism

-Dean

-Goals of Soviets

-US national interest

-Publicity of summit

-Press coverage
-Time and Newsweek
-Final summit agreements
-Oceanography
-US and Soviet Agreements
-Oceanography
-Number of agreements
-Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]
-Negotiations
-Principles
-Compared to President’s 1972 visit to Soviet Union
-Preliminary work for summit

-Agreements

-Communique

-Nuclear treaty

-Principles

-Speed of negotiations
-Brezhnev’s forthcoming toast
-President forthcoming toast
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 943-1 (cont’d)

-Kissinger’s staff
-Length of toast
-Speechwriters
-Quality
-Private meeting between President and Brezhnev
-Dobrynin, Gromyko
-President’s forthcoming toast
-Length
-Schedule
-President’s remarks

-Soviet and American relations

-Future negotiations

-SALT

-Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction [MBFR]

-Dates

-Nuclear treaty

-Brezhnev’s toast

-Rogers

-European Security Conference

-SALT agreement

-1974
-Southeast Asia

-Cambodia

-Vietnam

-Cease-fire violations

-Middle East

-Far East

-China

-Japan

-Economics

-Long term relationship

-Reaction of Politburo

-Lunch
-Photographs

-Sonnenfeldt, Dobrynin

-Blair House meeting

-Brezhnev
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 943-1 (cont’d)

-Remarks
-Support for President
-Watergate
-Brezhnev reaction
-Future visits
-Form of address
-President’s remarks

-US-Soviet relations

-Europe

-Brezhnev’s trip
-France, Warsaw, Poland
-SALT
-Far East
-Middle East
-Economics relations between US and USSR
-Forthcoming nuclear agreement
-Letter to Brezhnev from President
-Brezhnev’s forthcoming trip to Paris
-French criticism
-President’s forthcoming toast
-Text of toast
-President’s preference for extemporaneous speech
-Pravda
-Zielger [?]
-Kissinger’s efforts

Watergate

-Kissinger’s outrage


President’s schedule

Kissinger and Haig left at 10:13 am.
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Tape Subject Log

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