CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 24, 1981
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(Studio) President Reagan reported lifting United States grain embargo against USSR ; Reagan, returning to work in Oval Ofc. for 1st time since shooting, noted overriding objections of Secretary of State Alexander Haig. Details given. Tass' reaction to ban's end quoted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) President's meeting with Haig and Agriculture Secretary John Block with regard to decision to lift embargo noted; response of cabinet meeting to his arrival mentioned. White House photos shown. [Deputy press secretary Larry SPEAKES - reads President's statement; Afghanistan mentioned.] Implications of embargo's elimination outlined on screen, discussed. [Uniden. CONGMAN, Senator Robert DOLE - comment on decision.] Opposition to President's move by foreign policy aides mentioned.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
(DC) Aide to Haig noted reiterating Secretary's opposition to lifting embargo. [HAIG - says Moscow supports terrorism and war by proxy.] Issue of Haig's reaction and question of his resignation considered.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint
(Moscow, USSR ) Reaction here to embargo and food situation in general examined; films shown.
REPORTER: Gordon Joseloff
(Indianola, Iowa) Farmers reaction to embargo's end featured; films shown. [FARMERS - comment.] General perception of embargo among farmers considered. [Marvin MARR - claims farmers got hurt.] [Kansas wheat cmsr. Harlan WEBER - notes USSR has other sources.] Question of impact of lifting embargo on grain commodities market examined. [Crop forecaster Conrad LESLIE - says USSR , China (PR) needs will determine.] Pol. popularity of the decision mentioned.
REPORTER: Bob Faw (KTVH film/tape)
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