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March

19

1985

March 19, 1985



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Diary Entry - 03/19/1985

Tuesday, March 19, 1985

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This was an endless day. Started the day with a briefing for the visit of Pres. Alfonsin of Argentina then over to the S. Lawn to meet him. It was bright & cold. We had the usual formal reception—21 guns & all.

In our meeting he brought up a variety of issues. I reassured him that we weren’t planning mil. intervention in Nicaragua. He voiced concerns about the Chilean situation. The violence there is communist caused.—I agreed with him on that. He has great financial problems and is seeking a large “bridging loan.” I dont know what we can do to help him on that. All in all though it was a good meeting. Sen. Mac Mathias came to the office. I was able to clear up a question he had on the MX & he’ll be with us. Then over to the Capitol for lunch with the Sen. Repub. Policy group. Think I did some good on MX in a Q&A session. Back at the Oval O. a series of meetings with Congressmen on MX. Think we made some gains. Then the phone call came—M.X. passed in the Sen. 55 to 45. Ten Demos. voted yes 8 Repubs. voted no. The State dinner was an enjoyable evening. Doug Flutie the Heisman trophy winner was at my table. He’s a fine young man. With a $7 mil. contract in his pocket he’s going back to school to get his degree. Pete Fountain entertained.—It was a wonderful evening of Bourbon St. jazz.