153. Transcript of a Telephone Conversation Between President Nixon and the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)1

[Omitted here is discussion unrelated to Chile.]

[P:] How about Ambassador Korry. Is there anything new?

K: I saw Karamessines today. That looks hopeless. I turned it off. Nothing would be worse than an abortive coup.

P: Just tell him to do nothing. What I am afraid with the . . . that Charlie Meir (phonetic) [Meyer] will get him in his clutches and continue a lot of AID and I am not going to do a thing for them. I won’t [continue that much aid there.]2

K: They have not said that they are nationalizing any companies, them or anything.

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P: I think the line with him is to be coolly detached. After all he has not been selected yet.

K: If he is . . .

P: Then we cut him off. Hickenlooper applies. This country has gotten 2½ million dollars. Worst [diplomatic mess we have gotten ourselves into.]

K: You have said it all along and I was not at all sure until [until just lately.] I had the Chilean Ambassador in today. He said is that what we accomplished. Is that what we have worked for. [He is a very nice man.]3

[Omitted here is discussion unrelated to Chile.]

  1. Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Kissinger Papers, Box 365, Telephone Conversations, Chronological File. No classification marking.
  2. These and all the remaining brackets except the final ones are in the original.
  3. According to his Record of Schedule, Kissinger met with Santa-Maria from 5:12 until 5:50 p.m. (Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Kissinger Papers, Box 438, Miscellany, 1968–1976) No substantive record of the meeting has been found.