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948–14
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Alexander M. Haig
July 11, 1973
Conversation No. 948-14

Date: July 11, 1973
Time: 4:24 pm - 5:05 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

Haig’s trip

John B. Connally
-Previous meeting with President
-Connally’s schedule
-Possible trip to Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR]
-John A. Love
-Connally’s assessment
-Watergate
-Popular opinion
-Announcement
-Law firm, trip to USSR
-Coordination with Haig, Ronald L. Ziegler
-Meeting with [Shah of Iran] Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. November-2012)

Conversation No. 948-14 (cont’d)


Haig’s speech to American Iron and Steel Institute [?] in New York, July 10, 1973
-Standing ovation
-Jacob K. Javits’s comments
-American Iron and Steel Institute

National economy
-President’s package

-Haig’s concerns

-Balanced budget provision

-Possible vetoes
-Bryce N. Harlow’s view
-Benefit
-Administration’s performance
-Impoundments, vetoes
-Advisability, timing
-President’s commitment
-Connally’s views
-Balanced budget provision
-Phase IV, 60-day freeze
-Compared with Arthur F. Burns’ views
-Effect on farmers
-Hogs
-Credibility

-Haig’s meeting

-Phase IV

-Balanced budget

-President’s paper

-Announcement

-Phase IV

-Export controls

-Strict fiscal policy

-Congress

-Haig’s view
-Compared with views of Melvin R. Laird, Harlow,
and George P. Shultz
-Papers for President’s review
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. November-2012)

Conversation No. 948-14 (cont’d)

-Phase IV
-Balanced budget

-Vetoes

-Layoffs

-President’s presentation

-Announcement

-Congress
-President’s experience contrasted with Harlow, Laird
-Balanced budget
-Political climate
-Possible vetoes
-Possible reaction
-Ceiling
-Watergate
-Possibility of distraction
-Forthcoming Ervin Committee testimony of John N.
Mitchell, H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman, and John D.
Ehrlichman

-Haig’s conversation with Ziegler, July 10

-Possible briefings

-Congressional committees, chairman
-Businessmen, labor leaders, governors
-Congressman, Senators
-East Room
-Phase IV
-Balanced budget
-Balanced budget

-President’s disinclination

-Fiscal policy

-Spending

-Future possibility

-Harlow

-Laird’s view

-Announcement

-Format

-Possible briefings

-Businessmen, elites

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. November-2012)

Conversation No. 948-14 (cont’d)

-Contrasted with State of Union address
-Congressmen, Supreme Court members
-Business, labor, political leaders
-Governors
-Question-and-answer session
-Press coverage
-Duration
-Harlow, Laird’s view
-Phase IV

-Possible popular reaction

-Reassurance of businessmen, public

-President’s previous budget policy

-Previous vetoes

-Impoundment

-Balanced budget

-President’s reluctance

-Possible criticism

-Announcement

-Phase IV, balanced budget

-Possible effects

-Inflation, dollar, stock market
-Format
-Television [TV], Congress
-Advisors’ viewpoint
-Contrasted with President’s viewpoint
-National press conference
-Haig’s view
-Possible briefings
-Leaders of labor, business, Congress
-East Room
-Speech
-Phase IV
-TV
-Timing
-Evening news cycle
-Timing
-John T. Dunlop
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. November-2012)

Conversation No. 948-14 (cont’d)

-Need for preparation
-President’s schedule
-Cabinet meeting
-National Security Council [NSC] meeting
-Announcement
-Donald McI. Kendall
-Duration
-President’s, Haig’s assessment
-Pierre Rinfret
-Controls, taxes
-Taxes

-Burns

-Charles H. Percy

-Wilbur D. Mills

-Production controls, incentives

-Rinfret

-Support for President

-President’s package

-Garnering support

-Shultz

-Laird

-Production controls, need for legislation

-Harlow
-Kendall

-Price

-Business


Watergate
-White House response
-Haig’s conversation with [First name unknown] Liebman [sp?], July 10,
1973
-[Horace] Chapman (“Chappie”) Rose
-J. Fred Buzhardt, Jr.
-Size of counsel’s staff
-Recommendations

-President’s concerns

-Haig’s conversation with Liebman

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. November-2012)

Conversation No. 948-14 (cont’d)

-President’s possible statement
-Connally’s view
-Henry A. Kissinger
-Democrats’ strategy
-Robert H. Abplanalp
-Democrats’ role
-Anti-trust suit
-Elliot L. Richardson
-Conversation with Haig
-Richardson’s meeting with Archibald Cox, July 10, 1973
-Spokesman’s role
-Compared with Cox’s role
-Ervin Committee hearings
-Witness list
-John D. Ehrlichman, H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman, Charles W. Colson
-Plumbers [Watergate burglars]
-Colson
-Conversation with Haig, July 10, 1973

-Colson’s mood

-Telephone call to Rose Mary Woods

-Mitchell’s Ervin Committee testimony

-Reaction
-George McGovern
-Ervin Committee hearings
-New articles
-Witness list
-Witness list
-Notification
-Cox
-Wiretaps
-Elliot L. Richardson

-Robert F. (“Bobby”) Kennedy

-President’s schedule

-Possible meeting with Clarence M. Kelley, Haig
-Timing
-Instructions
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. November-2012)

Conversation No. 948-14 (cont’d)

President’s schedule
-Joints Chiefs of Staff [JCS]

-Adm. Thomas H. Moorer [?]

-Dr. James R. Schlesinger

-Laird


National economy
-President’s package
-Development meetings
-Harlow, Haig
-President’s schedule
-William E. Timmons, Peter M. Flanigan
-Roy L. Ash, Laird, Harlow, Anne M/ Armstrong
-Armstrong
-Sequoia
-Balanced budget

-Laird

-Announcement

-Congress

-Format

-Briefings
-Leaders of business, labor, Congress
-Governors’ conference
-Question-and-answer period
-Press briefing
-Speech
-Timing
-Press coverage

-TV

-Primetime

-Public reaction

-Balanced budget

-President’s concern

-Cost of living


Shultz
-Tenure in office
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. November-2012)

Conversation No. 948-14 (cont’d)

-President’s reaction

-Schedule

-People’s Republic of China [PRC]

-Henry A. Kissinger’s reaction


Watergate
-Richardson
-Connally’s view
-Investigations
-President’s supporters
-Internal Revenue Service [IRS]
-Cox
-Richardson
-President’s assessment
-Haig’s assessment
-Views regarding Cox
-Cox’s support for Richardson’s election
-Cox
-Democrat
-Harvard University
-President compared to George S. McGovern

Environmental Protection Agency [EPA]
-Russell E. Train’s appointment
-William D. Ruckelshaus

National economy
-President’s package
-Congress
-Roy L. Ash
-Balanced budget
-Announcement
-Phase IV
-East Room
-Briefings
-Leaders of business, labor, Congress
-Connally’s view
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. November-2012)

Conversation No. 948-14 (cont’d)


The President and Haig left at 5:05 pm.
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