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January

25

1983

January 25, 1983



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Diary Entry - 01/25/1983

Tuesday, January 25, 1983

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Met with House & Sen. Repub. leadership re tonite’s St. of the U. & next Monday’s Bud. Msg. It was the best meeting we’ve ever had & all pledged loyalty. Then a meeting preliminary to the V.P.’s visit to Europe & Geo. S.’s visit to Asia. George is going to read a msg. from me publicly in Berlin re the I.N.F. talks in Geneva. We intend to steal back the high ground the Russians are trying to occupy. In China Sec. Shultz will resist any effort by P.R.C. to oust Taiwan from the Asian Bank. A lengthy meeting of N.S.C. re the START talks which are kind of stalled over the Phase I Phase II framework—Russians want to make them all Phase I. I think we’ve found a framework. Dropped in on a lunch our team had for T.V. anchormen briefing them on tonites St. of the U. Back to the W.H.—Nancy is home—thank Heaven with Ron & Doria. St. of the U. went well. Dems. followed it on networks with a film made weeks ago. They goofed—their supposed rebuttal turned out to be an advocacy of things I’d said we were going to do—interrupted here & there with charges that I was against such things. ABC did a before the speech & after-poll. I rose 15 points in approval by the end of speech.