214. Editorial Note

President Gerald Ford commented on Senator Henry Jackson’s September 11, 1974, letter (Document 213) in an undated note to his Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs, Brent Scowcroft, that reads: “This was handled directly. Sen. Jackson gave this to Jack Marsh for delivery to me. This procedure is too cumbersome. Subject to Cong. change etc.” (Ford Library, National Security Adviser, KissingerScowcroft West Wing Office Files, Box 18, Jackson/Vanik Trade Bill) On September 13, President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs Henry Kissinger met with the President: “[Kissinger:] The Jackson letter. It is in bad faith. The Soviet Union won’t buy it. I don’t even know if these could stick. President: In the House, one Congress is not bound by the previous Congress. Kissinger: This procedure means that every year we would go through this. Javits thinks it should be a regular veto by one House. President: He told me that. I wouldn’t buy that until we have fought for the other. Kissinger: We could get up a breakfast or just say it is unacceptable and see. President: I would want to know that Ribicoff and Javits are okay. Kissinger: Why don’t I call him and meet again before you meet with them. President: We’ve got to make sure about Javits and Ribicoff. Kissinger: They are afraid to stand up to him. The Jewish community looks okay. President: Can I get the precise language I want before the meeting.” (Ibid., Memoranda of Conversation, Box 5)