NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 18, 1977
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(Studio) Secretary of State Cyrus Vance arrives in Jordan today; refuses comment re: payments to Hussein.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Amman, Jordan) Matter thought not to interfere with Vance visit. [Jordanian spokesperson Youssef Abou LEIL - reads statement of government denying improper acts. Charges "Post" story as deliberate effort to damage Jordan leadership at time of Vance visit.] Reporters barred from Vance-Hussein dinner meeting Experts discount long-term effect of story. Hussein enemies have long said he was on United States payroll.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani
(Studio) Carter dodges reporters questions.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Carter speaks to Democrat finance committee [CARTER - criticizes method of government salary increases Notes recommendation to House Ways and Means Committee that future increases take effect after next general election.] Carter chats with Isabel Swartz and year old Laurie. [CARTER - notes imminence of birth of his grandchild.] Chip and Caron Carter expect baby soon. Carter speaks to employees of Interior Department; talks optimistically of Mid. East matters. [CARTER - practices sign language in answer to deaf boy's question.] [CARTER - refers to Nelson Rockefeller's impolite hand gesture of recent past. Says his sign meant "I love you."] Jody Powell responds to USSR criticism of Carter letter to Andrei Sakharov. Powell denies impropriety of letter. Carter set to meet Vladimir Bukovsky next week
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson
(Studio) USSR officially displeased. Anatoly Dobrynin complains of interference in internal USSR affairs. Name of Malcolm Toon withdrawn as amb. to USSR . USSR objected to transfer of Toon from Israel. Carter now wants ambassador appointed by Carter administration