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March 22, 1988
A busy one—started at 9 A.M. on the Hill addressing & taking questions from our Repub. Cong. Conference.
Back to the W.H. for staff time at 10:30—15 mins. on I.N.F. and possibility Sen. might hold up ratification. That would be a disaster. Then my VETO of S557—it doesn’t look good for upholding it.
Then N.S.C.—Colin was tied up, John N. discussed our nuclear agreement with Japan & the coming Sen. Vote. Then Panama & the strike—it is 90% effective. French Bank is threatening to make money available to Panama which would louse up our plans. The Nicaraguan cease fire talk has started. Sandinistas want the cease fire to be accompanied by Contras disarming. That just wont work.
Then I went over to E.O.B. and spoke to Repub. locally elected officials. I told them of how important our Federalism program was to them.
Lunch—watched Sen. on T.V. vote to override my veto on 557. Then some desk time & a brief meeting & photo with top officials of “Defense Daily.” They’ve done a written interview with me on S.D.I.
More desk time then Pres. Jose Antonia Ardanza. Pres. of Basques came in with his wife. Exchanged gifts etc. Then received 8 Ambas’s. & their familys—newly assigned to our country. Then over for my sneeze shot & on my way to Shoreham hotel for fund raiser for Sen. Chic Hecht. A few hundred people who had raised about $400,000. All went well & I was back at the W.H. for dinner.