Secret White House Tapes

947–16

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947–16
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Alexander M. Haig
  • Manolo Sanchez
July 10, 1973
Conversation No. 947-16

Date: July 10, 1973
Time: 5:20 pm - 6:10 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Alexander M. Haig, Jr. This recording began while the conversation was
in progress.

Congress

-Possible joint session on economic program

-Schedule

-Recess
-President’s conversation with Melvin R. Laird

National economy

-President’s forthcoming program

-Crisis approach

-Freeze

-Unanimity

-Arthur F. Burns’s view

-Announcement

-Possible joint session of Congress
-Crisis
-Watergate
-President’s critics
-President’s leadership
-Budget

-Congress

-President’s possible attack

-Watergate speech
-Inflation
-Radio
-President’s July 9, 1973 visit to Kansas City
-Press coverage
-Timing
-Congressional briefing
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 947-16 (cont’d)

-John T. Dunlop

-Haig’s call from San Clemente

-George P. Shultz’s schedule

-Japan

-Shultz’s deputy

-Development

-Meeting

-Announcement

-Consultations

-Format

-Radio and television [TV] speeches
-Prime-time
-Complexity of financial programs
-Briefings for Congress
-Press release
-Committees
-Executive Office Building [EOB] briefing
-Briefing

-Format

-Press coverage

-Congressional leadership

-TV

-Shultz

-Congressional leadership

-Format

-Shultz

-Press coverage

-Radio speech

-Questions and answers

-Ronald L. Ziegler

Public relations
-President’s TV speech
-Economy compared to Watergate
-President’s leadership
-Bruce N. Harlow’s viewpoint
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 947-16 (cont’d)

President’s previous economic meeting
-Harlow
-Laird
-Anne L. Armstrong
-Compliments

-Cohesive nature of economic advisors


National economy
-Export controls
-John B. Connally’s views
-Reversal
-Importance of American consumers
-People’s Republic of China [PRC], Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics [USSR], Japan
-Domestic prices
-US food consumption
-Surplus
-Farmers

-Corn

-Farm legislation

-Laird, Harlow’s support

-President’s experience in Congress

-Compromise

-Milk subsidies

-Acreage

-Amount

-Release

-President’s speech

-Strategic stockpiles

-President’s speech

-Release

-Need for congressional action

-Harlow

-President’s forthcoming program

-Announcement
-Joint session of Congress
-Timing
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 947-16 (cont’d)

-Unanswered questions
-Dunlop
-Industry concerns
-Compared to announcement of freeze
-Phase IV
-Shultz
-Economic meeting
-Debate
-Harlow
-Joint session of Congress
-Congressional action
-President’s possible attack
-Radio speeches
-Timing

Watergate
-Ervin Committee hearings
-John N. Mitchell’s testimony

-J. Fred Buzhardt, Jr.’s view

-President’s knowledge

-Samuel Dash

-Mitchell

-Possible prison term

-Impeachment of President

-Democrats’ attacks

-George S. McGovern

-Ervin Committee hearings

-H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman

-Archibald Cox

-Haig’s conversation with Elliot L. Richardson

-Indictments

-Charter
-1972 campaign
-Daniel Ellsberg break-in
-E. Howard Hunt, Jr.
-Forthcoming meeting with Richardson
-Richardson
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 947-16 (cont’d)

-Congress
-President’s possible resignation
-Frank Mankiewicz, Thomas W. Braden

National economy
-President’s forthcoming program
-Compared to Shultz
-Shultz’s schedule
-Japan, Peking
-Henry A. Kissinger
-Return from abroad
-Dunlop, Herbert Stein, Burns, Shultz
-Intellect
-Compared to Peter M. Flanigan, Roy L. Ash
-Laird’s role
-Political skill
-Shultz
-Ethics

President’s schedule
-Meeting with Connally

National economy
-Haig’s forthcoming conversation with Harlow

-Watergate

-Congress

-Presidential speech

-President’s economic package

-Dunlop

-President’s forthcoming program of Phase IV controls

-Announcement

-Timing

-Laird, Harlow


Watergate
-Ervin Committee hearings
-Mitchell’s testimony
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 947-16 (cont’d)

-Mitchell
-Role
-John W. Dean, III, Jeb Stuart Magruder
-Role

Manolo Sanchez entered at an unknown time after 5:20 pm.


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[Begin segment reviewed under deed of gift]

Julie Nixon Eisenhower and David Eisenhower’s schedule

-Dinner reservations

-Sequoia

-Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon

-Weather


[End segment reviewed under deed of gift]
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Manolo Sanchez left at an unknown time before 6:10 pm.

Watergate

-Ervin Committee hearing

-Mitchell’s testimony
-Magruder
-Dean
-Ronald L. Ziegler
-President’s March 22, 1973 meeting
-Dean
-Charles W. Colson view
-Others’ forthcoming testimony
-Ervin Committee hearings
-Forthcoming testimony
-Richard A. Moore
-Herbert W. Kalmbach
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. October-2012)

Conversation No. 947-16 (cont’d)

-White House response
-Haig’s forthcoming talk in New York July 11, 1973
-President’s activities

President’s schedule

-Cabinet meeting

-Meeting with Republican Congressional leadership

-Charles H. Percy
-President’s economic package
-Wild cards
-White House staff

Order

-Papers [?]


Haig left at 6:10 pm.
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