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  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Henry A. Kissinger
  • Alexander M. Haig
  • Ronald L. Ziegler
June 18, 1973
Conversation No. 944-2

Date: June 18, 1973
Time: 3:19 pm - 3:45 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Henry A. Kissinger, Alexander M. Haig, Jr., and Ronald L. Ziegler.

US-Soviet Union relations

-US capabilities

-Soviet view

-Henry A. Kissinger’s comments to media

-Perception of US role

-Strength during crises

-Soviet perception of American strength

-American media

-Attacks on the President

-Television coverage of arrival ceremony

-Haig’s viewing
-Conversation with President
-Camp David
-Andrei A. Gromyko’s forthcoming meeting with William P. Rogers
-President’s previous meeting with Leonid I. Brezhnev
-Preparations for Ronald L. Ziegler’s forthcoming press briefing
-Preparations for Ziegler’s forthcoming press briefing
-Review of forthcoming agreements
-Development since the 1972 summit
-Forthcoming bilateral agreements
-Timing
-President’s previous meeting with Brezhnev
-Forthcoming agreements
-Cultural exchange
-Oceanography
-Timing
-Transportation
-Agriculture
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Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 944-2 (cont’d)

-Timing of ceremony
-General review of world situation
-Southeast Asia
-Middle East
-Europe
-Coexistence
-Peaceful relations
-US-Soviet Union relations
-International peace
-June 22, 1973 agreement
-Possible foreign response
-Europe
-People’s Republic of China [PRC]
-Nuclear weapons
-US diplomacy
-Preparations for Ziegler’s forthcoming press briefing
-Forthcoming agreements
-Presidential remarks
-Gromyko, Rogers
-Forthcoming briefings
-Congress
-Departmental representatives
-Timing
-Press
-Location
-Documents signings
-Preparations for Ziegler’s forthcoming press briefing
-Plenary session, June 19, 1973
-Camp David
-Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]
-Agenda for President’s discussions with Brezhnev
-Economic matters
-SALT
-Regional discussions
-Timing

Ziegler left at 3:31 pm.
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 944-2 (cont’d)


US-Soviet Union relations
-President’s meetings with Brezhnev

-Kissinger’s assessment of Brezhnev

-Chou En-lai

-President’s assessment of Brezhnev

-Brezhnev

-Compared to Nikita S. Khrushchev

-Krushchhev’s retirement

-Foreign policy

-Party politics

-Kissinger’s trip to Zavidovo
-Comparison to Khrushchev
-US interests
-Relationship to Politburo
-Kissinger’s forthcoming trip to PRC

-Chou’s schedule

-Visit to US

-President’s previous conversation with Brezhnev

-Relations with Soviet Union

-SALT

-Cambodia

-Europe

-Superpower condominium


Kissinger left at 3:35 pm.

Watergate
-White House response
-Patrick J. Buchanan, Ziegler, J. Fred Buzhardt, Jr., and Charles A. Wright
-David R. Gergen
-Possible conversation with Haig
-Washington Post article, June 18, 1973

-Leonard Garment

-Buzhardt’s view

-John W. Dean, III

-Forthcoming statement to Ervin Committee

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 944-2 (cont’d)

-Length

-Preparation

-Press handling

-Washington Post, New York Times, and Newsweek

-Dean

-Forthcoming Ervin Committee testimony
-Compared to Maurice H. Stans
-Fred D. Thompson’s possible cross-examination
-Buzhardt

-Haig’s view

-Howard H. Baker, Jr.

-President’s view

-Dean

-Possible testimony

-White House response

-Buzhardt

-Buchanan

-H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman’s possible response
-President’s May 22, 1973 white paper
-Perjury
-Leaks

President’s schedule

-Televised coverage of remarks


Haig left at 3:45 pm.
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