President Ford–Henry Kissinger memcon (September 6, 1974)
THE WHITE HOUSE
MEMORANDUM OF CONVERSATION
- President Ford
Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Secretary of State and Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
Lt. General Brent Scowcroft, Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
- DATE AND TIME:
- Friday, September 6, 1974
- The Oval Office
[After Schmidt meeting.]
Kissinger: It went brilliantly. He is committed now. With the two of you working together, the West, the alliance is going to be all right. Schmidt is a man of his word.
The President: I believe him. He is frank and understandable.
The President: Should I reaffirm it in a month or so by a phone call?
Kissinger: I would do it after the Martinque meeting, then periodically.
We now have superb structure -- Japan and now Germany. Your foreign policy is structurally in good shape except for the Middle East.
I would keep the French a half step behind the Germans.
The President: We have turned down a joint press conference?