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March 26, 1985
Again started the day lobbying Congressmen on MX. Then an N.S.P.G. meeting re Afghanistan. We are really delivering help to the Afghans who are fighting the Soviets. [. . .] I have approved keeping this aid at it’s present high level.
Then presented the gold Congressional medal posthumously to Harry Truman by way of his daughter Margaret. Harry was the last Dem. President I campaigned for.
Had lunch in the office with the Donovan family—his wife & children plus a fiancé of one of his sons. I pray that N.Y. court will clear him but I fear the less than honorable intentions of N.Y.’s courts & prosecutors. I have every confidence in Rays innocence.
Then other than hours of phoning any number of Congressmen on MX we had a reception in the East room for our Victory 84 Committee. Then up to watch the House MX debate & vote on T.V. We won by 6 votes. Right does triumph. Tomorrow I believe they will vote the appropriation for the missiles & that will be it. We lost 24 Repubs. but got the votes of 61 Demos.