Informal Exchange With Reporters Prior to a Meeting With Archbishop Pio Laghi, Apostolic Delegate to the United States

August 1, 1984

The President. You, of course, know who our guest is. I don't have to tell you. And we're very pleased and proud to have him here.

Q. Mr. President, do you think Poland went far enough in its amnesty so that you can lift some of the sanctions?

The President. These are the things that we're going to discuss today.

Q. Mr. President, the Soviets say that your position has made it impossible to meet in Vienna next September.

The President. Well, you've had a press conference on that and have heard what my statement was.

Q. What do you have to say about it? What do you tell them?

The President. No, I'm not going to take any questions on that at a photo opportunity.

Q. Is there anything you can do to get them there?

The President. What?

Q. Is there anything you can do to get them to Vienna?

The President. We're doing everything we can.

Q. Thank you, sir.

Q. Are you disappointed by Mrs. Burford's letter?

The President. I'm not going to comment on those things here. We're here to talk with our visitor about another situation. All right?

Q. Thank you.

Note: The exchange began at noon, following the arrival of the Archbishop at Rancho del Cielo, the President's ranch near Santa Barbara, CA.

Following a working lunch, the White House announced that the President and the Archbishop exchanged views on a number of issues, including East-West relations, the situation in Central America, and recent events in Poland.

As printed above, the exchange follows the White House press release.