ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 16, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Running battle in Nicaragua between Sandinista government and Contras reported; White House reported calling crossing of border during battle an invasion of Honduras. Report introduced.
(DC: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan reported considering options open to aid Contras in Nicaragua. [REAGAN - says Nicaragua has crossed border into Honduras.] White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater said leaving impression United States troops might be sent to area. [White House chief of staff Howard BAKER - says President has not acted on options yet.] Pursuit into Honduras detailed. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - examines Sandinista objectives in incident.] Call by President Dan. Ortega for Organization of American States and United Nations to verify that Honduran border is secure. [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - calls events genuine national sec. threat.] Reagan's request for Contra aid noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Brit Hume) Response of Capitol Hill to Honduran border incident reported [Representative Bob McEWEN - talks about American's response.] [Senator Christopher DODD - comments on hype; says administration is seeking more military aid.] [Representative Jim WRIGHT - says Honduras has not requested United States help.] Wright reported stating that Nicaraguan foreign minister Miguel d'Escoto told him that Ortega had ordered Nicaraguan troops withdrawn from Honduras and has asked for Organization of American States investigation to verify withdrawal.
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