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Central America / Reagan Policy #296304

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 10, 1984
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(Studio) President Reagan said struggling to salvage his Central American policy following disclosure of CIA mining of Nicaraguan harbors.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Admin., in effort to place Congress on defensive, said claiming Cuba is backing major guerrilla activity against El Salvador; President's remarks mentioned coming at welcoming ceremony for president of Dominican Republic. [REAGAN - accuses Cuba of exporting violence and hatred.] White House warning to Congress to approve requested funds for continued hostilities against Nicaragua outlined; possible political damage to Reagan's reelec. campaign from Nicaraguan fallout considered. [Chief of Staff James BAKER - claims President makes the decision.] White House statement denying plans to use combat troops in Central America noted.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(DC) CIA director William Casey's Capitol Hill efforts to salvage Reagan's Central American policies examined; scathing letter to Casey from Senator Barry Goldwater, chairperson Senate Intelligence Committee, criticizing CIA's mining of Nicaraguan harbors quoted on screen. Incr. support for Senator Edward Kennedy's nonbinding resolution calling for removal of mines and United States acknowledgement of World Court verdict mentioned. Possible impact of situation on administration's aid package currently in House noted.
REPORTER: Phil Jones Artist: Don Juhlin

(Studio) USSR and France reported considering requests from Nicaragua to clear harbors of mines.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Jones, Phil;
Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley

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