NBC Evening News for Sunday, Nov 02, 1975
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(Studio) Defense Secretary James Schlesinger out and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger asked to resign as special adviser on national security; to continue as Secretary of State.
REPORTER: Tom Snyder
(DC) Senator Henry Jackson and others say Schlesinger fired. Kissinger, at request of President Ford, gave up job as special assistant to president on national security affairs. Top deputy, Air Force General Brent Scowcroft, replaces him. Kissinger criticized for holding both jobs and too much power with regard to foreign policy. [JACKSON - says appears that administration can't tolerate differing views with regard to foreign policy. To be difficult for Ford to get candid Defense Secretary Looks like 1-man operation; that's bad for nation] Schlesinger rptdly. advocated tougher line with USSR with regard to Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and relations in general There were style and personality differences between Kissinger and Schlesinger. Ford asked by reporters in Florida about situation; he avoided answer.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani