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February

19

1987

February 19, 1987



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DIary Entry - 02/19/1987

Thursday, February 19, 1987

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A lot of desk time today—nothing very exciting in Staff meeting or N.S.C. briefing. Some briefing on meeting coming up at 11:30 with large Polish deligations (Polish Am.). I signed the measure lifting Polish sanctions in answer to pleas by Pope & Lech Walesa. They were beginning to hurt the Polish people & that was never our intention. Former Polish Ambas. & his wife who defected to us in ’82 were present.

Lunch with V.P.—he offered to have a talk with Don R. about retirement.

Then it was desk time til about 2:30 & I met with Dave Abshire & Pete Wallison re the Tower Commission report. I’m sending the commission a letter clearing up my seeming conflict in answering Q. re did I OK Israeli arms sales to Iran in a meeting with Bud M. in Aug. ’85. Letter will say I just plain don't remember.

A short personnel time then Admin. time.

Rcv’d. the Priest who won the “Endow A Dream” Award [Father Bruce Ritter]. He has a home for runaway youth. Photo with Ldrship. of U.S.C. of C. [United States Chamber of Commerce]. As usual they are all out in their support. Then met with March of Dimes Nat. Ambas’s. (Poster Children). A belated photo with Tony Gillespie our Ambas. to a most dangerous post—Columbia. Signed the proclamation for Nat. Consumers week. Then picture with some departing S.S. agents & families. And over to the Blue Room for cocktails with the 14 Sen’s (13 R. 1 D.) & 26 Congressmen (All R.) who voted to sustain my veto of the clean water bill. Jack Kilpatrick came too because of his column in support of my veto.

Upstairs for pvt. meeting with John Herrington Sec. of Energy. He had some info. on W.H. staff & Chief & low morale. I have a problem.

After dinner 8:40 phone Conservative dinner. I’ll be addressing their lunch tomorrow.