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June 04, 1985
A good meeting (ended early) with G.O.P. Cong. Leadership. Mainly reports by us to them on tax reform, Nicaragua & Chemical Weapons.
Sen. Jake Garn brought the Shuttle Crew he flew with by for a picture complete with wives & one husband. Cap came in re the resignation of Gen. Vessey as Chmn. of the Joint Chiefs. I’d named Admiral Watkins to replace him but Cap says he prefers to remain as Chief of Naval Operations. We have another Admiral I may name.
We had a Domestic Policy Council meeting chaired by Ed Meese. Joe Wright & Mac Baldridge reported on management reforms plus many more we can still implement for great savings.
Then I dropped by a meeting of several CEOs of Corp. Am. who are here to plug our tax reform before Cong. An N.S.C. briefing on what to do about the SALT II treaty provisions we & the Soviets are pledged to observe but on which they are cheating. Come Sept. under our agreement we’d have to dismantle a Poseidon missile Submarine. I was presented 5 options with no consensus on any of them. Our Allies want us to continue observing SALT II. Our friends here at home think we look silly doing that in the face of Soviet cheating. I have to have an answer before Monday.
We were guests at a dinner for Sec. Perle D.O.D. at George Wills house. It was a pleasant evening & an interesting mix of people about 28 of us.