President Carter called in several high-level administration officials yesterday for what sources said was an assessment of his strategic arms limitation proposals.
Vice President Mondale, Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance, Defense Secretary Harold Brown, arms control negotiator Paul C. Warnke and National Security Affairs Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski met with the President. The White House would not make public any information on the meeting.
Warke indicated last week that the United States and the Soviet Union are exploring in private a possible compromise for a limited nuclear arms control pact to be concluded this year.
He was guardedly optimistic about private talks under way between Soviet Ambassador Anatoliy F. Dobrynin, Vance and himself.
Both the "deep cuts" in nuclear weapons levels, which is President Carter's goal, and a narrower, intermediate step built on the 1974 Vladivostok agreement are being discussed in the private talks, Warnke said.
The Soviet Union rejected Carter's proposals fro deep cuts when Vance first presented them during a trip to Moscow late last month and has continued to attack them since.
But Carter has said he sees enough "flexibility" in the Soviet position to retain hope that an arms accord can be reached, perhaps even this year.
The other public item on the President's official schedule for this weekend was church today.
Preparations were under way at the White House for talks with Jordan's King Hussein that begin Monday.
Also on Monday, Carter is expected to propose to Congress a program to limit annual increases in skyrocketing hospital expenditures to about 9 per cent.
Domestic affairs assistant Stuart Eizenstat said yesterday the proposal was both an anti-inflation measure and "the foundation or first step" toward national health insurance.
He said prospects of passage in Congress were "pretty good" and predicted the plan would cut the 20 per cent annual rise in hospital costs in half, saving $1.2 billion in private insurance costs in fiscal 1978.