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October 05, 1987
A little confusion about where we stand on tax increases. Howard B. issued a statement that my opposition is unchanged. It looks better for naming Burnly as Sec. of Transportation. Sen. Helms has removed himself as a block to Verity as Sec. of Commerce. Some talk about the Canada free trade negotiations. We think it’s a fine deal.
N.S.C.—Iran tries to pass off their 70 boat flotilla as an exercise. We’re sure it was Saudi Arabias immediate response of warships & planes halted what was going to be an attack on oil wells & facilities. Iran stopped & boarded a Danish freighter—but then let it go on it’s way.
Speaker Wright has deserted his & our agreement on how to make peace in Nicaragua, & charges us with being guilty of breaking up the peace efforts. Lies, Lies, Lies. A visitor Pres. Chissano of Mozambique. A half hour visit but worthwhile. I urged him to meet with their insurgents the RENAMO.
Then in the Rose Garden—271 High School Principals—winners of the nationwide recognition for excellence in Ed. On the way across the grass on my way back to Oval Off. Sam D. yelled a question as to was Bork out as Supreme Ct. nominee—I said “Over my dead body.” The Principals cheered & then moved in on the press giving them h--l.
An issues briefing lunch—as always worthwhile & fun. Desk time & phone calls to some Sen’s. trying to get their vote for Bork—a couple yes & a couple no & 1 or 2 undecided.
Then a meeting with Suzanne Massie just back from Soviet U. There are mixed feelings there about Glasnost. She also said the young people are turning more & more to religion.
A haircut then a long session of tapings including the annual Christmas greeting to the armed forces.