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October

28

1985

October 28, 1985



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Diary Entry - 10/28/1985

Monday, October 28, 1985

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The story of the Soviet Seaman goes on all day & will go on to Tues. morning. Our people were on the Soviet ship to make sure they didn’t sail away. This afternoon word came through Ambas. Dobrynin that we could take the sailor to a nearby Coast Guard Cutter for interrogation. He was moved but shortly after arriving on the Cutter he became nauseated. The sea was quite choppy and the diagnosis was sea sickness. He went up on deck for an hour. We asked permission to move him ashore to the Naval hospital. That’s where he is now & it is planned that he be questioned tomorrow.

This morning we had a Domestic Policy meeting to get a report on the Grace Commissions findings—2478 specific recommendations for greater efficiency in govt. We have implemented 83% of those. Then Peter Grace joined us & we went out to the Rose Garden where I spoke to the Grace Congressional Caucus & Associations United to Cut Federal Spending. We had an Issues lunch—nothing particularly exciting. Then another Rose Garden ceremony—this time to sign the proclamation for “Year of Liberty”—next 4th of July & Oct. 28 we will be celebrating the 100th B.D. of the Statue of Liberty.

Then a late afternoon meeting with the familys of 4 of our 6 hostages in Lebanon. We’ve tried to keep them informed of all we’re doing to try to free their loved ones.