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Mansfield Amendment #216745

CBS Evening News for Friday, May 14, 1971
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(Studio) Admin. opposes Senator Mansfield's amendment to cut United States troop strength in Europe by 1/2; USSR Party Chief Brezhnev invites NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) to begin talks on mutual withdrawal of forces.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [Senator MANSFIELD - says United States military policy toward Europe outdated; in response to reporter's questions, welcomes Brezhnev's invitation; says so many United States troops in Europe cause weakening of dollar; believes Congress should withdraw troops since approved increase in 1951; isn't willing to compromise on amendment.]
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Studio) State Secretary Rogers testifies before Senate Foreign Relations Committee on topics including United States troops in Europe.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [ROGERS - thinks passage of Mansfield amendment serious mistake; asks why USSR would bother negotiating if United States withdraws unilaterally.] Committee members believe amendment will be defeated.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) White House reacts to Brezhnev's invitation.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) White House believes invitation will help defeat Mansfield amendment; some believe USSR worried about improving US-China (People's Republic) relations
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Studio) West Germany Chancellor Willy Brandt says United States could not cut troop strength without allies doing so; says United States committed to present troop levels until mid-1972.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Mudd, Roger;
Rather, Dan

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