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April

17

1986

April 17, 1986



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Diary Entry - 04/17/1986

Thursday, April 17, 1986

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April showers—all day. A meeting with a few Congressmen who want me to declare we’ll no longer abide by the terms of the SALT II unratified Treaty. Frankly I’m ready. The Soviets are guilty of about 30 odd violations & show no signs of making any redress.

Main part of day was visit & lunch with P.M. of Australia Bob Hawke. We have a good relationship both as individuals & as countries.

Dick Walters reported in on his trip to Europe to talk to our allies about Libya. P.M. Thatcher as always was solidly behind us. I’m surprised that P.M. Chirac of France was violently against us. Mitterrand, Craxi & Kohl are easing up—Kohl & Craxi indicated if it happens again we could fly over their countries.

Some picture taking, OK’d some appointments then went over to the East Room to speak to the Republican Congressional Leadership Council—group organized to elect Repub. Reps.

Then upstairs—change into Tux & over to dinner for W.H. Correspondents. My talk was a Gridiron like collection of jokes—well received.