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April

30

1987

April 30, 1987



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Diary Entry - 04/30/1987

Thursday, April 30, 1987

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Opened day with a briefing for P.M. Nakasones visit—then the moment was at hand. Ten A.M. the S. Lawn ceremony. I’ve never seen a bigger public turnout for one of these events. Weather was perfect. He & I had a very brief one on one & then into the Cabinet room for the plenary. He’s most anxious that our trade sanctions on the Semi-conductor issue should be lifted before the Ec. Summit this June in Venice. Well we’d like that too but it depends on their adherence to the agreement we had on the marketing of semi-conductors. I invited him, his wife & daughter to have breakfast tomorrow morning with Nancy & me. We did that in 1983—our 1st meeting.

He was very pleased.

Had lunch on the patio with V.P. He said he’d understand if I felt I should lend a hand to Paul Laxalt now that Paul was a candidate for Pres. I told George I had already told Paul I’d remain absolutely neutral in the primaries.

A brief session with Bob Tuttle—appointments. Then a law day ceremony. May 1—tomorrow will be “Law day”—the slogan is “We the People.” A group of distinguished guests for photos & such. Pres. & incoming Pres. of Am. Bar Assn. Officers of Fed. Law Assn. etc.

Cap W. in for his regular meeting. He is opposed to a zero zero deal for short range nuclear missiles but all for it on the long range weapons. He & I disagree on this one. Then desk work & upstairs to await the State Dinner. Entertainment will be Henry Mancini & Johnny Mathis. The dinner went off very well & a good time was had by all. We didn’t get upstairs til after midnight.