186. Memorandum From President Nixon to his Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)1

On our trip we made a number of commitments as you may recall which involve following up. For example with Ceausescu, he [Page 459] wanted a group to come in and give him some advice on irrigation, also, I told him that we would have DuBridge come over with a scientific group. DuBridge, incidentally, is going to Yugoslavia in September and it might be that that would be the time that he could make this move. I think Hardin and possibly Hannah might go to Rumania on the irrigation project. We donʼt want to place too heavy a hand here, but this kind of visit will not get much publicity and would be enormously helpful in letting Ceausescu have some little goodies that he can tell his associates about as to how dealing with the U.S. really pays. This of course is only one example.2

[Omitted here is information unrelated to Romania.]

  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 1023, Presidential/HAK MemCons, The President and President Ceausescu. No classification marking.
  2. Kissinger relayed the Presidentʼs desires to Hardin in memoranda of August 11 and 29. Kissinger also sent a memorandum outlining the Presidentʼs interest in promoting trade with Romania to Stans on August 11. Copies of the memoranda are ibid., Box 702, Country Files—Europe, Romania, Vol. I—8/69.