Washington (Nov. 19)
Some 30 Jewish Republican supporters of President Reagan met with him at the White House for about a half hour this morning but refused to say what was discussed at the meeting.
The group, consisting of members of the Coalition for Reagan-Bush which supported the Republican ticket in the 1980 elections, denied they were asked not to make any comment to reporters. There was speculation that they declined to make a statement because the President is scheduled to meet this afternoon with a delegation representing the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
Among those at this morning’s meeting were Max Fisher of Detroit, George Klein of New York, Gordon Zacks of Columbus, Ohio, Albert Spiegel of Los Angeles, Laurence Tisch of New York and Sylvia Hassenfeld of Barrington, R.I.
Early last September, 38 leading Jewish Republicans, including some who were at today’s White House meeting, joined in a public statement “strongly” opposing the Reagan Administration’s proposed sale of five AWACS surveillance aircraft, enhancement equipment for 62 F-15 jet fighters and other advanced weaponry to Saudi Arabia.