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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) National Sec. Adviser William Clark's rise to power in White House examined; his apparent influence on President Reagan's decisions on defense, arms control, relations with Congress and foreign policy in general noted. Criticism of Clark's stance on military spending, defense build-up, Central American policy and Thomas Reed's position as adviser and implications for Reagan discussed; focus of support for Clark mentioned. His alleged near-obsession with USSR influence in United States policy discussed. [During confirmation hearings, CLARK - doesn't know who prime minister of South Africa island] Clark's defense of lack of foreign policy expertise explained; James Baker, Michael Deaver and Edwin Meese said allegedly critical of Clark as well.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
- Rather, Dan;
- Stahl, Lesley
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