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July 27, 1983
Maybe I’m wrong about press conference—all the calls etc. indicate we won. I say that because press conferences anymore are an adversary contest. The press isn’t after news—they want to trap you into a goof. A short day in the office but a long afternoon in my study. Don Regan called re the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.) Jack Kemp who told me he couldn’t vote for it but wouldn’t actively oppose is working his head off to torpedo it. Tip O’Neill is licking his chops. He’s told Don Regan that if we cant deliver 80 Repubs. he’ll take it off the calendar so that Repubs. will take the blame for it’s failure. I’m about as mad as I’ve been in these 21⁄2 yrs. P.M. Thatcher & Chancellor Kohl have both succeeded in getting it through their Parliaments & here I am threatened with defeat by my own party. Had a meeting with some of our leaders but honestly dont know that we did any good. Top two men in V.F.W. came by. We’ve fixed the “snafu” about speaking to their convention—I’ll be on hand in New Orleans Aug. 15 10 A.M. I’m glad that’s fixed, they’ve been very supportive and to be turned down by our schedulers was a great mistake. They were just back from El Salvadore & Nicaragua and are now totally in agreement with what we’re trying to do.