90. Notes of Telephone Conversation Between the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) and Secretary of Defense Laird1 2

L said he wanted to talk a bit about seabeds thing. L said he did not want to get into argument at meeting - it seemed to him the thing is to lay draft on table. L said he did not want that draft laid on table, however - he has some suggestions for draft but did not want to come out with them. L asked if he could send them over to K and K said yes. K said maybe President will go ahead and decide - in order to get time on other things - and L should get his changes into the draft. L said that was bad forum to do it. K said President has not made up his mind but if he does go ahead, the procedure would be one K and L are talking about. L said he wanted to get harder position on it. K said L fought good fight this morning. K said for L to get his changes over and if President decides to go ahead we will make L’s changes condition for going ahead. L said o.k.

  1. Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Kissinger Papers, Box 359, Telephone Conversations, Chronological File, 23–30 April 1969. No classification marking.
  2. Laird indicated that he had suggestions for the wording of a draft treaty which he did not want to discuss at the April 30 NSC meeting. He wanted to get his changes to the President before the final draft was determined and he asked to send them over to Kissinger. Kissinger agreed.