Ronald Reagan called representatives of the Government of an African country "monkeys" in a telephone conversation with then-President Richard Nixon from 1971.
The National Archives released audio recordings of the call between the beginning of the month were Nixon and Reagan, then Governor of GOP in California. Nixon, haunted by the Watergate scandal, resigned from office in 1974 in disgrace. Reagan was president twice in the 1980s.
"To see these monkeys from these African countries. Damn, they're still uncomfortable wearing shoes, "Reagan told Nixon. He reportedly referred to members of the Tanzanian delegation who danced in the United Nations General Assembly after voting for recognition by the People's Republic of China.
Vice President Richard M. Nixon (2L) talking to the crowd. (Photo by Paul Schutzer / The LIFE Collection / Getty Images)
RICHARD NIXON (1913-1994) 37th President of the United States with Mrs. Pat on June 12, 1971 in the White House at the betrothal of her daughter
Georges Pompidou and President Richard Nixon at the Palace
Nixon and Paine at the Launch of Apollo 12
Security Officer Logbook of the Watergate Office Building with Entry dated June 17, 1972, page 1/2
President Nixon meets the Apollo 11 astronauts on the lawn of the White House
US President Richard Nixon holds a welcome speech in front of the White House in Washington in honor of the Soviet leader
. 10, 2011 – Yorba Linda, California, USA – An old photo of Richard Nixon from the right, the daughters Tricia, Julie and Mrs. Pat are waiting to be hung up in the Nixon Presidential Library and the museum in Yorba Linda … // ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Tim Naftali, who provoked controversy while discussing the move from T
05. June 1974 – Cairo, Egypt – RICHARD NIXON (9 January 1913 – 22 April 1994) was the 37th President of the United States (1969-1974). was formerly the 36th Vice President of the United States (1953-1961). As a member of the Republican Party, he was the only president to resign and the only elected twice to the presidency and vice president.
. 5 August 1969 – Malacanang, Philippines – RICHARD NIXON (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States (1969-1974), previously the 36th Vice President of the United States (1953-1961). As a member of the Republican Party, he was the only president to resign and the only person twice elected to the presidency and office.
A Portrait of Vice President Richard Nixon and His Wife Pat, 1950 (Photo by Afro American Newspapers / Gado / Getty Images)
Politics, Personalities, USA, Image: circa 1950, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Richard Nixon of California, pictured with his wife Pat and his two children Julie, left, and Tricia, Richard Nixon, (1913-1994) was the 37th US President, but resigned in 1974 after the Watergate scandal (photo by Popperfoto / Getty Images).
CIRCA 1930: Members of the Whittier College football team with Richard Nixon wearing the number 12 shirt. (Photo by Fox Photos / Getty Images)
NOT SPECIFIC – CIRCA 1754: President Richard Nixon (USA) toasting Zhou Enlai , the Chinese Prime Minister, during a state banquet in Beijing in 1972. (Photo by Universal History Archive / Getty Images) [VicePresidentPresidentialCandidateRichardMNixondeliversaspeechontelevision(PhotobyYaleJoel/TheLIFECollection/GettyImages)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES – 1953: William Knowland (L) and his wife and Joseph Martin (2R) join Richard M. Nixon (R) and Richard M. to his wife (C) during the governor's reception. (Photo by George Skadding / The LIFE Collection / Getty Images)
1953: Richard Nixon with his wife Thelma (Pat) Ryan and his two daughters Julie and Tricia in his first year as vice president. (Photo by Fox Photos / Getty Images)
A portrait of American Vice President Richard Nixon and his family (from left), daughters Tricia Nixon and Julie Nixon, and wife Pat Nixon, USA, mid-20th century. Richard Nixon later served as the thirty-seventh president of the United States. (Photo by Bachrach / Getty Images)
Richard M. Nixon rides during his visit with Syngman Rhee. (Photo by George Skadding / The LIFE Collection / Getty Images)
Richard M. Nixon and his wife (R) with Attorney General Herbert Brownell Jr. on his daughter's wedding day. (Photo by Ed Clark / The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Images)
Vice President Richard M. Nixon (L) watched as his wife Pat Nixon (2L) cut her birthday cake. (Photo by Mark Kauffman / The LIFE Collection / Getty Images)
Richard M. Nixon at the White House's first official press conference. (Photo by Ed Clark / The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Images)
Richard M. Nixon (R) with Malcolm S. Forbes and his wife, Nixon, who helps Forbes during the campaign for the governor. (Photo by Paul Schutzer / The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Images)
Richard M. Nixon Speaks to Delegates at the Sheraton Palace Hotel During the International Industrial Development Conference. (Photo by Nat Farbman / The LIFE Image Collection / Getty Images)
Vice President Richard M. Nixon (R) and his wife carry a child. (Photo by Paul Schutzer / The LIFE Collection / Getty Images)
Gina Lollobrigida, Richard Nixon, Pat Nixon
President Richard M. Nixon James C. Fletcher, NASA Administrator.
United States. President Richard Nixon at the Press Conference on the Middle East Crisis and Watergate, 1973
Elvis Presley poses for a photo with US President Richard M. Nixon at the White House Oval Office on December 21, 1970 in Washington, DC.
Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994), 37th President of the United States, Smiling Portrait, 1969
In a subsequent phone call to then Secretary of State William Rogers, Nixon Reagan said "saw these cannibals on television last night and says," Christ, they have not even worn shoes, and here the United States will subdue their fate, and so on and so forth. "  The National Archives for the first time published audio files about the call of Reagan-Nixon that Nixon had recorded in the White House, but Reagan's racist statement was revised. Reagan died in 2004 at the age of 93 years.
Tim Naftali, director of the Nixon Presidential Library from 2007 to 2011, asked for an editorial review. The National Archives released the full clip earlier this month and The Atlantic shared it with Naftali's commentary on Tuesday.
"The past month has brought the president's racism back on the headlines," Naftali wrote, referring to President Donald Trump's recent racist attacks on the four Democratic congressional women Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) And the city of Baltimore.
"This exchange between current and future presidents in October 1971 recalls that other presidents have followed the racist belief that Africans or African Americans are somehow inferior," added Naftali. "The novelty of President Donald Trump's racist views is not that he spoke them, but that he publicly pronounced them."
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
More from HuffPost US :
Rashida Tlaib ignites Donald Trump's hate agenda in scorching Op-Ed
Trump repeats attacks on Elijah Cummings and repeats the allegation of unfounded corruption
Trump Intelligence nomination for the least qualified person of all time