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Reagan Press Conference #100063

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 20, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) ABC News poll following President Reagan's press conference on his secret arms deals with Iran outlined on screen, discussed.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) President's news conference reviewed; scenes shown. [REAGAN - denies arms-for-hostages.] Chief of staff Don. Regan recalled confirming President's approval of shipping arms through 3rd country in September 1985. [REAGAN - denies using another cntry.; denies Regan made statement] Stmt. reported issued by President after press conference acknowledging use of 3rd country in arms shipments to Iran; aides' explanation for President's lie outlined on screen. [REAGAN - defs. secrecy from Congress] Law governing President's covert operations quoted on screen. [Representative James WRIGHT - believes law is clear on matter.] [REAGAN - doesn't believe he made mistake, denies fiasco, failure has resulted.] Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane's apparent second thoughts on operation noted; current national security adviser John Poindexter mentioned.

(DC: Brit Hume) Capitol Hill's reaction to President's news conf. featured; scenes shown. [Senators Sam NUNN, Robert DOLE - would like Reagan to apologize for mistake and get on with governing.] [Senators David BOREN, Richard LUGAR - are concerned about national security cncl.'s current role in foreign policy implementation.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Secretary of State George Shultz's apparent gains from news conference outlined, discussed; implications for administration's new terrorism policy, State Department-White House relations considered.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Ayatollah Khomeini's reaction to Reagan's situation quoted.

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Zelnick, Bob

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