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Panama / Noriega / United States Role #321312

CBS Evening News for Saturday, May 21, 1988
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(DC: Terence Smith) Mtg. of President Reagan and his top echelon of advrs. to discuss proposed deal with Panama's general Manuel Noriega in which he would leave power in return for dropping of drug chgs. reported; staff at meeting named; scenes shown of Noriega. [Senator Alfonse D'AMATO - opposes deal.] [Senator Nancy Landon KASSEBAUM - says United States should say "no deal."] [Panama's amb. to United States Juan SOSA - discusses impact of deal on Panama.] Admin. reported anxious to reach deal before Reagan leaves for USSR summit.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Panama City, Panama: Juan Vasquez) Noriega's stance with regard to deal with US featured; scenes shown of Noriega rally; hand-picked president Manuel Solis Palma mentioned. [Opposition legislator Guillermo COCHEZ - says anti-American sentiment is growing in Panama.] [Exiled opposition leader Aurelio BARRIA - explains Noriega's approach.] Noriega shown on walking tour of San Miguelito.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) United States dealings with Panama reported becoming embarrassment to Reagan administration [Council on For. Relations chairperson Peter PETERSON - sums up situation in Panama.] United States position vis-a-vis Panama reviewed; President Eric Delvalle mentioned. [Ex-NSC staffer Norman BAILEY - says United States is damaging Panama as cntry.] White House defense of possibility of dropping drug indictments noted. [On CNN, White House chief of staff Howard BAKER - explains rationale behind deal.] [PETERSON - says there is built-in infrastructure within Panama that deals with drugs.] Pol. problems created by Panama situation for Vice President George Bush explained. [PETERSON - discusses Bush's vulnerability to issue.] [BAILEY - says actions hurt United States image.]

Schieffer, Bob;
Smith, Terence;
Vasquez, Juan

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