96. Minutes of a Cabinet Meeting1


Monday, September 12, 1977

The twenty-sixth meeting of the Cabinet was called to order by the President at 9:06 a.m., Monday, September 12, 1977. All Cabinet members were present. Other persons present were:

Joe Aragon Tim Kraft
Landon Butler Bunny Mitchell
Zbigniew Brzezinski Dick Moe
Hugh Carter Frank Moore
Doug Costle Frank Press
Stu Eizenstat Charles Schultze
Jane Frank Jay Solomon
Rex Granum Charles Warren
Richard Harden Jack Watson

[Omitted here is information mainly unrelated to Panama.]

—The President said that our efforts to persuade the public and the Congress that the Panama Canal treaties should be ratified are continuing with considerable success. He noted that a recent Gallup Poll shows that 39% of the public favors ratification compared with 8% earlier this year.

—He observed that there was an unprecedented demonstration of the quality of respect between the U.S. and the various Latin American countries which were represented at the signing of the Panama Canal treaties last week.2 He emphasized again that ratification of the treaties is extremely important to the continuance of those relationships.3

[Omitted here is information unrelated to Panama.]

  1. Source: Central Intelligence Agency, Office of the Director of Central Intelligence, Job 80M00165A, Box 23, Folder 3: 468. No classification marking. The meeting ended at 11:04 a.m.
  2. See footnote 2, Document 95.
  3. Carter sent the treaties to the Senate for ratification on September 16. For the text of Carter’s letter of transmittal to the Senate, see the Department of State Bulletin, October 17, 1977, p. 486.