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Nicaragua / Honduras Border Incident / United States Response / Cong. Response #114427

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 17, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) Explanations from White House about United States response to events at Nicaragua-Honduras border reported; President Reagan's version of decision to send troops outlined on screen; role of Honduran President Jose Azcona cited. [Assistant Secretary of State Elliott ABRAMS - explains troops probably sent prior to Azcona's request.] Azcona's formal request to US outlined on screen. [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - says United States troops increase our presence.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Brit Hume) Congress's response to administration explanations for sending troops reported; details given, scenes shown of Reagan and Representative James Wright toasting Saint Patrick's Day. Issue of Contra war noted. [Representative Michael DeWINE - says responsibility for events lies with members of Congress refusing to vote aid to Contras.] [Representatives James TRAFICANT, Edward MARKEY - question Reagan's actions.] [Senator David BOREN - says Sandinista invasion was planned.] Stmt. from Senator Sam Nunn criticizing Sandinistas' actions reported [Senator John McCAIN - says Americans will not support United States combat involvement in Central American] Impact of both presence of United States troops in area and Nicaragua President Dan. Ortega's actions on continued debate in Congress over aid to Nicaraguan Contras detailed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Yesterday's military coup attempt against Manuel Noriega in Panama recalled; today's relative calm in nation noted. Report introduced.

(Panama City, Panama: John Qui

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Quinones, John

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