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South Vietnam Aid / Reactions / Thieu Resignation #482336

NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 21, 1975
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(Studio) House Appropriations Committee approves $330 million in economy and military aid for South Vietnam.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Capitol Hill) Army chief of staff Frederick Weyand believes more aid to strengthen South Vietnam's position for negotiated settlement. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger expands on Weyand's argument; denies United States blackmailed into giving more aid to insure safety of Americans in Saigon. [Representative George MAHON - explains reason for approval of aid package.] No Washington, DC official responds to Thieu's charge that United States pressured him into resigning.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(White House)There was no public show of concern at White House over Thieu's resignation. Former ambassador to South Vietnam, Henry Cabot Lodge, calls on President late this afternoon. Press Secretary Ron Nessen says President Ford to have no comment on Thieu resignation till tonight's broadcast interview. Privately, many officials say resignation came too late to affect outcome of the war; chances for blood bath decrd. and chances for swift American evacuation from Saigon increase
REPORTER: John Cochran

Chancellor, John;
Cochran, John;
Valeriani, Richard

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