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Ford / State of The World Address #36617

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 10, 1975
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(Studio) President Ford goes before Congress and nation to deliver state of the world address.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(White House) President and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger worked together to prepare speech. Address marks end of 1 era of foreign policy and possibly beginning of another. President Ford's policy to contain more optimistic view of world with strong note of reassurance to nervous allies. Mr. Ford to support European suggestion for summit of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) leaders; to urge Congress to cooperate and participate more openly in shaping foreign policy. 1st priority for Congress to be President's request for emergency assistance to Vietnam with heavy emphasis on humanitarian funds. After advance briefing by President, House Speaker Carl Albert strongly hints President to seek additional mil. aid for South Vietnam; neither Albert nor John Rhodes predicts outcome of such request in Congress
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Capitol Hill) Mood of Congress points to end of military assistance for Cambodia and South Vietnam; there's ripple of talk about minor military aid to Saigon to help avoid bloody fight over capital city. Senator Edward Kennedy among those Congmen. discussing minor aid; says Thieu government must be replaced 1st.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) ABC to provide live coverage of speech beginning at 9 p.m. EDT.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Donaldson, Sam;
Jarriel, Tom;
Reasoner, Harry

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