ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 15, 1975
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(Studio) Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Secretary Defense James Schlesinger appear before congress cmtes. to appeal for administration's aid plans for South Vietnam.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Capitol Hill) Schlesinger pessimistic about survival of South Vietnam; in event of North Vietnam takeover, 200,000-1 million South Vietnam could be executed. [SCHLESINGER - says administration's aid program provides chance for stabilizing military situation in South Vietnam and thereby provide opportunity for negotiations.] No mention of South Vietnam victory brought up today.
REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson
(Capitol Hill) Kissinger appears before Senate Appropriations Committee [KISSINGER - believes military stabilization to permit best circumstances, under present conditions, to occur.] [Senator Robert BYRD - asks if $722 million aid request directly related to safe evacuation of American citizens in Saigon.] [KISSINGER - says if military stabilization fails, evacuation plan must be put to use.] Kissinger confirms evacuation of some Americans already underway. Congress leaders say President accepting fact that no more American money available for war.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(Studio) Senate Foreign Relations Committee generally agreed on providing $200 million for evacuation of Americans, some South Vietnam, and for humanitarian aid.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner