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January 08, 1986
Called Dick Nixon to wish him happy birthday tomorrow. He endorses what we’re doing with Quadhafi—called it ominous silence. We found out he is making noises like taking Libyan funds out of American banks ($240 mil.) so we’ve frozen those assets. He’ll probably do the same with ours but we were afraid he was going to do that anyway.
Drew Lewis brought in the Acid rain report he & Bill Davis of Canada have been working on. Now Drew becomes head of Union Pacific R.R. There is good public reaction as day goes on re our actions with Libya. This P.M. did an interview with 5 Wash. based Independent T.V. Network Bureau Chiefs. They asked good sound Q’s. not zingers trying to catch me—as the W.H. press corps does.
Geo. S. came by for a kind of year end round up re the Philippines, Middle East, Nicaragua & Soviet U. He’s seeing Dobrynin this P.M. & wants to settle the next summit date as late June—our suggestion. They’ve been talking Sept. Then a busy taping session which included a tribute to Irving Berlin—now in his 90’s. Then upstairs for rest of day & some desk work.