ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 16, 1978
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(Studio) Pentagon's alert of United States 82nd Airborne Div. for possible evacuation of Americans in Shaba prov. of Zaire, where situation reported to be deteriorating, noted. Govt. attempts to recapture copper mining city of Kolwezi rptd; details given about reports on situation in area, include that with regard to Europeans there. President Mobutu's appeals for help from West and delay in answer from West ntns. stated.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Report on United States position on aid to Zaire and possibility that Americans there will have to be evacuated; Secretary of State Vance's comments stated. United States stand on Zaire fighting last year recalled, include shipments that contained Coca-Cola, and change in this position now due to incrd. Cuban and USSR presence in Africa in intervening mos. examined. United States official's statement that Soviet policy in Africa will be raised with USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko, during his visit here later in month to discuss Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT), detailed.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore
(DC) Congress leaders' meeting at White House with President Carter, during which they discuss congress limits on President's ability to help United States friends like Zaire, reported [Representative John RHODES - thinks laws that tie administration hands in such cases should be changed. Says restrictions were put on by Democratic Congress on Republican President; hopes Democratic Congress will reverse self with Democrat President] Secretary Vance's meeting with House speaker O'Neill on subject mentioned. [Senator Dick CLARK - sees no meaningful restrictions on administration to make kind of response in Zaire that it would want to make.] Admin. aides' responses to conflict, include remarks that Carter not complaining about cong. response to Vietnam in War Powers Act, outlined.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson