Excerpts From an Interview With Conservative Columnists Following the
Q. What reassurance can you offer to our conservative friends that this INF treaty is in the national interest and in their interest?
The President. Well, it is. And I know
that most of the things we hear is that they believe
that somehow by this INF agreement we have changed the balance of power in
before you would go into any treaty about those tactical battlefield weapons, that would have to follow parity in the
conventional weapons because if we eliminated and they eliminated the tactical
battlefield weapons they automatically would end up with a great superiority if
it was reduced to conventional weapons. And in this instance, I feel they're so
wrong because they are giving up four times as many warheads as we have to give
up. In our Pershings and cruise missiles, we didn't
have anywhere near the number of warheads, and their intermediate-range
missiles were not targeted on military targets. They covered all the way to
Q. Sir, can I ask you how did you feel this morning when you woke up? Is this the happiest day of your life? [Laughter]
The President. Well, I felt good. I think that yesterday was quite a day. After years of debate and discussion and walking away from things without settlement, I thought it was quite a day.
Does this mean that you expect the Soviets to pull out of
The President. They have -- he has
expressed and is -- in fact, not just to me but publicly, that they want to get
Q. How did you like Raisa Gorbachev?
The President. Oh, well, she seems
very pleasant, and we just had a little moment here. Maybe I shouldn't give
this away, but I will. His schedule was very busy today, and our meeting ran
over here in the Oval Office. And I kept -- finally, as I told him, I said,
I've been told that I'm to take him over to the Diplomatic Entrance there to
meet his wife who was with
Note: The interview began at in the Oval Office at the White House. Participants in the interview included Philip Geyelin, Georgie Ann Geyer, R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., and Joseph B. Wattenberg. A tape was not available for verification of the content of the interview.