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March

27

1987

March 27, 1987



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Diary Entry - 03/27/1987

Friday, March 27, 1987

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Staff meeting was light—a few minor items. Then N.S.C. and the subject was our spy case in Moscow—but only preparing for a later meeting. Then a matter of $10 mil. worth of arms from present supplies to Chad which seems to have Quadaffi on the run.

British Labor party leader Neil Kinnock along with former Defense Minister Healey & the Eng. Ambas. came by. It was a short meeting but I managed to get in a lick or two about how counter productive “Labors” defense policy was in our dealings with the Soviets.

Some brief time for paperwork then meetings with Congressmen. First was signing of the veto of the Highway Bill. Our version of a proper bill is already in Bob Doles hands. He & Elizabeth & the V.P. joined me for a signing ceremony. There I met with Sen. Steve Symms, & later Reps. [Senators] Hecht & McKain [McCain]. Purpose to get them to sustain my veto. Hecht & Symms have some problems but I believe we have good chance. John McKain [McCain] is with us.

Lunch with the V.P. then a meeting with George Shultz about the coming trip. Finally down to the Situation room. First subject was about Chiracs meeting next week (P.M. of France). Second the security matter at the Moscow Embassy. We think the 2 Marines did us great damage with regard to security [. . .] We’re busy planning how to restore things. Present was John [Jack] Matlock our new Ambas. to Soviet U. Had a photo with his family. A few more photos during day with friends of our people—then desk work & home.