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June 27, 1988
First discussion was of the Polygraph Bill. Ed Meese is against it but everyone else is for it & if it comes to me as is I believe I’ll sign it. Still haven’t gotten the Catastrophic bill. Tomorrow I get a briefing on D.O.D. investigation.
N.S.C.—Ambas’s. of several countries calling about the Space Station. They are countries we asked to join us in a joint venture. Now Congress is balking & says only way they’ll provide for the program is if we take the money out of Defense budget. We cant do that. Soviet Support for Sandinistas is off by 60%. The Middle East continues to dabble in nuclear weapons. [. . .]
Then a briefing on our guest due at 10 A.M. Pres. Evron of Turkey. He arrived with one of his daughters. His wife died 4 yrs. ago. We had the whole diplomatic show on the S. Lawn. We inspected the troops, 21 gun salute, Nat. Anthems etc. etc. Good meeting in Cab. room & then he had a schedule with several of our dept’s.
Desk time, lunch outdoors—a couple of photos—a meeting with Howard B. & Jim B. Jim was giving his side of differences between him & Geo. S. on Trade bill. I think I have to go with Jim & sign the Bill.
A Cab. briefing—it really was presentation to me of our AIDS Commission Report. I’m going to work with Dr. Ian MacDonald on implementing it.
Personnel time with Bob Tuttle. A haircut, exercises & the State Dinner for Pres. Evron. Dinner was outdoors in the Rose Garden as was the entertainment—Christopher Parkening on the guitar. It was a beautiful night with an almost full moon—a good time was had by all.