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May

11

1987

May 11, 1987



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Diary Entry - 05/11/1987

Monday, May 11, 1987

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Staff: Ed Meese came by—he has called for a special investigation to look into his case. The Cong. is charging him with some kind of hanky panky involving a defense contractor. It’s the usual phony lynch mob attack. I think he’s wise to do what he’s done. Then we talked about Bud McFarlanes return as a witness before the joint committee. None of us feel alarmed at all. Last subject was the debt limit problem. Dem’s. are playing games hoping to trap me into tax increase. We have to have an extension on the debt ceiling by May 28 or face default.

N.S.C.:—Discussed terrorist movement & possibility that Qadhafi is trying to set up a network in the U.S.

At 11:30 Cap W. came in for his usual meeting. He’s off for Europe. One of his targets is Norway & their making available to Soviets technology for silent running submarines.

We also talked about the irresponsibility of Cong. with regard to the defense budget. What they are proposing will set us back years. It will also play h--l with our arms negotiations.

Issues lunch—as always a chance to sum up & evaluate a number of things.

Then I received 9 Ambassadors & held a meeting with Repub. members of Ways & Means Committee. Subject was debt ceiling again. We’re facing great problems with the Dems. game playing.

A little desk work & then upstairs to a lonely W.H. Nancy is in Calif. until Thurs.