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(Studio) President holds news conference in San Diego. President Ford characterizes South Vietnam situation as tragic, but he doesn't expect fall of South Vietnam just yet. Mr. Ford announces airlift of 2000 Vietnam orphans to US; pledges dispatch of all available American Navy ships to rescue whatever refugees they can. President assures world United States to continue to lead and keep faith with allies.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(San Diego, California) As President walks to news conf., large crowd gathers, not all friendly. President expresses frustration at South Vietnam Pres Thieu's decision to withdraw troops from central highlands and Congress's refusal to vote additional aid for South Vietnam. [Mr. FORD - says United States to stand by allies. President suggests American lives may have been lost for nothing if United States doesn't fulfill commitments to South Vietnam.] President to return to Palm Springs for meeting with Secretary State Henry Kissinger; both to meet with Army chief of staff Frederick Weyand on Saturday
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
- Brokaw, Tom;
- Chancellor, John
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