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Venice Economy Summit #109670

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 11, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Venice economy summit's concern over growing United States fed. deficit due to defense implications noted.

(Rome, Italy: Pierre Salinger) Rel. between defense and deficit and political implications for President Reagan examined; details given, scenes shown. Deficit since 1985 graphed on screen. [Institution for International Econs. spokesperson C. Fred BERGSTEN - explains potential bearing on United States military role in West alliance.] [British economy Lord Harold LEVER, former West German defense minister Theo SOMMER, French For. Rel. Institution spokesperson Thierry deMONTBRIAL - discuss political and security ramifications of issue.] USS Stark attack, Carter administration's failed Iran hostage rescue attempt and Reagan's failure at Iceland summit with Mikhail Gorbachev said all undermining credibility of United States defense policy. [DeMONTBRIAL - notes historical relationship between protectionism and war.]

Jennings, Peter;
Salinger, Pierre

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