ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 18, 1975
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(Studio) Officials at American embassy in Saigon begin burning classified papers; red tape eliminated and efforts incrd. to evacuate Americans from Saigon. US aircraft carrier Enterprise puts to sea, presumably to aid in American evacuation if needed.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Saigon, South Vietnam) Embassy cautions staff not to discuss evacuation plans for fear of causing panic among Vietnam. [American businessman Sam CRUPPLE - says he's leaving South Vietnam for week only; to return to his business in South Vietnam if possible.]
REPORTER: Jim Giggans
(Studio) Senate Foreign Relations Committee approves $200 million for evacuation and humanitarian aid in South Vietnam.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Capitol Hill) Admin. tells committee Americans in Saigon to be reduced to 2000 by next Tuesday [Senator Hubert HUMPHREY - reveals 2 rather precise messages sent to South Vietnam ambassador Graham Martin by administration with regard to American evacuation.] Right now, it looks like Congress won't approve more military aid for South Vietnam; will, however, continue to pressure for American evacuation, but not major South Vietnam evacuation if large numbers of American troops needed.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(Studio) Secretary of State Henry Kissinger appears before House International Affairs Committee; denies Americans being left in South Vietnam as virtual hostages of Thieu regime.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) [KISSINGER - says United States supports government of South Vietnam, not particular individual.] If Thieu ousted, United States won't object, but United States hasn't put pressure on Thieu to resign. There's small hope left that some coalition government can be negotiated for South Vietnam, but Kissinger fears United States failure to provide military aid for South Vietnam to produce panic and not hope for negotiated settlement.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
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