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Reagan Press Conference / Reaction #307453

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 20, 1986
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(DC: Bill Plante) President Reagan's news conference last night on his covert arms shipments to Iran reviewed; scenes shown. Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane, who participated in operation, said now having 2nd thoughts; McFarlane quoted on screen. [Former communications director David GERGEN - notes impression that Reagan has lost control of the presidency.] [Chief of staff Don. REGAN - denies President's credibility has suffered.] [REAGAN - denies using Israel as conduit for arms to Iran.] President's later stmt. retracting that denial quoted on screen. [REAGAN - claims Secretary State George Shultz was involved in operation.] [Monday, SHULTZ - cites his lack of knowledge of program.] [REAGAN - claims Iran's policy of terrorism is changing.] [Sunday, SHULTZ - notes Iran conts. to pursue its terrorism policy.] [REAGAN - denies arms-for-hostages.] [Former undersecretary state Lawrence EAGLEBURGER - notes hostages were released with each arms shipment.]

(DC: Phil Jones) Capitol Hill's reaction to news conference featured; scenes shown. [Senator Patrick LEAHY, Representative James WRIGHT, Senators Sam NUNN, David DURENBERGER, Robert DOLE, Alan SIMPSON - condemn Reagan's handling of affair.] Grenada invasion and bombing of Libya recalled.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(DC: Lesley Stahl) Implications of controversy for President's public image considered. [Former defense secretary Harold BROWN - notes gap now between President's rhetoric and his actions.] Public's perception of Reagan's handling of Iceland summit with Mikhail Gorbachev reviewed. [Last night, REAGAN - offers another version of events at Iceland.] White House's later clarification of President's remark outlined. ["London Observer" deputy editor Anthony HOWARD - cites allies' dismissal of Reagan now as a figure of humor.] Reagan's exploitation of Jimmy Carter's handling of Iranian hostage crisis recalled; Ayatollah Khomeini's criticism of Reagan administration today quoted on screen. [Terrorism expert Robert KUPPERMAN - comments.]

Jones, Phil;
Plante, Bill;
Schieffer, Bob;
Stahl, Lesley

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