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US-USSR Relations / Carter and Post Report #499349

NBC Evening News for Friday, Jun 02, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's reaction to item in "Washington Post", rpting. that admin. has frozen Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations, noted; press secretary's remarks re: Carter's anger quoted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Carter's call for White House reporters to come to his office and his refutation of "Post" story reported [CARTER - says report is totally inaccurate and that it damages cntry., own credibility and prospect for continuing basic United States policy of trying to reach earliest possible Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement. Notes reporters were told of story's inaccuracy prior to its being printed.] Other comments by Carter and statement issued by "Post" ed. Ben Bradlee quoted. Press Secretary Jody Powell's remarks about Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations and USSR positions. include their involvement in Africa, stated. Anti-SALT agreement mood in Senate at present and other indications that treaty won't be reached for next few mos. noted.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) Puzzling issue in "Post" story and Carter reaction, in that other news orgs., include NBC News, "Boston Globe" and "New York Times" carried items on Thursday about American slowdown in Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations, stated. Report is on this issue.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) "Post" story outlined. Reasons for Carter's reaction to this and not to other such items examined; possibility that he's sending message to USSR about United States position on Africa and on Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) stated.
REPORTER: John Dancy

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Dancy, John;
Woodruff, Judy

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