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Digest of Other White House Announcements Week Ending Friday,

May 20, 1977

The following listing includes the President's daily schedule and other items of general interest as announced by the White House Press Office during the period covered by this issue. Events and announcements printed elsewhere in the issue are not included.

May 15

The President returned to the White House from Camp David, Md.

May 16

The President met at the White House with:

--Zbigniew Brzezinski, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs;

--senior White House staff members; --the Cabinet;

--Dr. Brzezinski and Adm. Stansfield Turner, Director of Central Intelligence;

--Bert Lance, Director of the Office of Management and Budget;

--representatives of the Coalition for a Fair Minimum Wage;

--the White House Management Review Committee.

In a ceremony in the Oval Office, the President received diplomatic credentials from Ambassadors Gabriel Lewis Galindo of Panama, Mario Anibal Lopez Escobar of Paraguay, Donald Bell Sole of South Africa, and Oliver H. Jackman of Barbados.

May 18

The President met at the White House with:

--Dr. Brzezinski;

--a group of Senators to discuss the strategic arms limitation talks;

--G. Conley Ingram, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia;

--Woody Taylor and Dick Keiser of the U.S. Secret Service;

--Mrs. Carter, for lunch;

--representatives of the Legal Defense Fund;

--W. Michael Blumenthal, Secretary of the Treasury, Charles L. Schultze,

Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, and other administration officials, to discuss tax reform.

May 19

The President met at the White House with:

--Dr. Brzezinski;

--the Democratic congressional leadership;

--Representative James G. Gorman and members of the Executive Committee of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee:

--a group of Congressmen from the States of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Michigan;

--Secretary Blumenthal, Dr. Schultze, and Arthur F. Burns, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System;

--Secretary of Defense Harold Brown; --Kenneth Curtis, chairman of the Democratic National Committee;

--members of the Steering Committee of the HIRE program;

--Kingman Brewster, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

During his news briefing at the White House, Deputy Press Secretary Rex Granum was asked a question concerning an interview in which former President Nixon stated his views on whether or not a President had the right to break the law. The questioner asked Mr. Granum what President Carter's views were on that issue. Mr. Granum replied that "based on the interview as reported in that publication, President Carter does not feel that any President has the right to break the law. He feels very strongly that it is a tragic mistake to follow that philosophy, as past events have shown so dramatically. He does feel that there are adequate judicial means to prevent danger to the country."

In the evening, the President and Mrs. Carter had dinner in the Residence with Senator and Mrs. Henry M. Jackson and their children.

May 20

The President met at the White House with:

--Dr. Brzezinski;

--a group of Senators from the States of Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky;

--Admiral Turner and Dr. Brzezinski;

--Representative Harley O. Staggers of Tennessee and Teresa Jane Hopkins, the Strawberry Queen;

--Harrison Wellford, Executive Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Stuart E. Eizenstat, Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs and Policy, and Jack H. Watson, Jr., Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, and other administration officials, to discuss Federal regional matters;

--former President Gerald R. Ford.

Jimmy Carter, Digest of Other White House Announcements Week Ending Friday, Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/243003

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