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South Vietnam / Aid Request / American Evacuation #36735

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 17, 1975
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(Studio) President Ford's request for more aid for South Vietnam appears to be facing more problems in Congress Senator Armed Services Committee refuses to approve any more aid for Saigon regime. Mbrs. of Senate Foreign Relations Committee complain administration not proceeding with rapid evacuation of Americans from Saigon; members refuse to vote on aid request till evacuation issue cleared up.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Pentagon sources say at least 3 evacuation plans exist; each explained in detail. Pentagon prefers option 1.
REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson

(Studio) Senator George McGovern believes American evacuation should come quickly because Communists could close down Ton Son Nhut airport in next several wks. 140 Defense Department contract workers and civilian personnel from Vietnam arrive at Clark Air Force Base in Philippines.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry;
Smith, Howard K.;
Tomlinson, Frank

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