NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 21, 1984
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(Studio) President Reagan reported dropping plans to sell anti-aircraft missiles to Jordan and Saudi Arabia due to Senator opposition; special envoy Don. Rumsfeld noted en route to Mideast today.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Diplomatic purpose of Rumsfeld's trip to Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and possibly Jordan examined; King Hussein mentioned possibly refusing to meet with Rumsfeld. Hussein's criticism of United States policy in Mideast last week said catalyst to incrd. congress Opposition to sale of Stinger missiles to Jordan and Saudi Arabia. [Saudi deputy chief of mission Ahmed al-SIRAJ - criticizes Congress's lack of understanding regarding Hussein's warning.] Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger said allegedly telling Arab ambs. that administration would sell them Stingers next year, after elecs. Reagan mentioned feeling that by dropping Stinger sale issue today, he can win emergency aid for El Salvador in near future.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb