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Reagan Press Conference / US-Iran Arms Deals #100027

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 19, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Importance of President Reagan's press conference tonight noted.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Contd. question of Secretary of State George Shultz's tenure in administration in wake of President Reagan's arms deals with Iran examined; scenes shown. [Senator Paul LAXALT - denies National Public Radio report that he's replacing Shultz.] [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - denies NPR report as well.] [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - doesn't expect Shultz to leave.] Shultz's criteria for remaining in post, expressed to Reagan last week, mentioned. [Henry KISSINGER - cites ultimate criteria for Shultz's job performance.] [Brookings Institution spokesperson Helmut SONNENFELDT - cites Shultz's intl. importance to President's cabinet.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) "Washington Post"'s anticipation of tonight's news conference described.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) Significance of President's news conference tonight considered; scenes shown. [Last Thursday, REAGAN - claims small amount of weapons were authorized by him for shipment to Iran.] Questions remaining unanswered listed on screen. [Chief of staff Don. REGAN - denies arms were ransom for hostages.] [Former national security adviser Robert McFARLANE - claims Iranians who received weapons were moderates and not agents of Ayatollah Khomeini.] [National security adviser John POINDEXTER - defs. administration's subterfuge.] [REAGAN - jokes.] Public's response to President's speech last Thursday recalled.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Jim Wooten) President's past ability to extricate himself from potential political damage by addressing nation on television reviewed; Bitburg cemetery controversy, Iceland summit cited as exs. [November 13, REAGAN - begins speech on Iranian arms deals.] Polls recalled indicating public's disbelief of him Thursday; significance for Regan cited. ["Washington Post" spokesperson Lou CANNON, former White House aide Edward ROLLINS - consider basis of President's crumbling credibility, importance of tonight's news conf.] Pol. and personal risks to Reagan considered.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Wooten, Jim;
Zelnick, Bob

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