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October 14, 1987
A wide ranging discussion of several subjects—Bork, Brocks resignation & possible successor, also successor to Cap W. when he leaves etc.
No N.S.C.—a briefing for state visit of Pres. Duarte of El Salvador. At 10 A.M. he arrived for the full mil. reception on S. Lawn. At conclusion of his remarks he left the platform & crossed the lawn to the color bearers and kissed our flag. It was a touching & much applauded act.
Then our meetings & I believe an understanding reached about Contra Aid etc. Pres. Arias had just received the Nobel Peace Award which has given his peace plan a boost but loopholes still remain in his plan.
Then lunch in the study & office work there because the Oval O. was being set up for my speech on Bork. At 1:45 an N.S.P.G. meeting on the nuc. arms proposals. We cleared up a few things. Geo. S. was meeting with Duarte—so our head arms negotiator home from Geneva took his place. At 3:15 made my speech. Nothing else scheduled—did some paper work & went upstairs.
Then—the State Dinner for the Duarte’s. It turned out to be a wonderful evening. My dinner partner was Madam Nien Cheng—the woman who was imprisoned & tortured for 7 years during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. She is an amazing woman—soon to be an American citizen.