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December

05

1986

December 05, 1986



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Diary Entry - 12/05/1986

Friday, December 5, 1986

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Met with GOP Cong. Ldrship. Quite a feisty meeting. Big disagreement between them on whether I should call for a special session of the Cong. Hasn’t been done since Truman in 1948. Then it became known as the do-nothing Cong. All kinds of advice as to who should be fired etc. Also that I should bring in an outsider as my personal council. I finally brought peace by reading a tribute to Strom Thurmond who was there. It was his 84th Birthday. We sang Happy Birthday to him & presented him with a cake. Lunch with Geo. B. I think he would like to see Don R. go. I’m not of that mind.

The Soviet Trade Minister who is in town trying to build up trade with the Soviet Union. I told him how much easier that would be to do if the Soviet U. would change it’s emigration policies & it’s approach to human rights.

A brief meeting with Sec. Shultz. He has agreed to change Ambas’s. in Soviet U.

Then a meeting with top 4 in Cong. Bob Michel & Jim Wright from the House & Bob Dole & Bob Byrd of Sen. They have agreed to 1 comm. from each house to look into Iran matter & I believe they are united against me calling a Special Session of Cong. I’ve already decided not to do that. Then it was off to Camp D. where temp. was 30°.