ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 24, 1978
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(Studio) White House announcement that President Carter considers further aid to Zaire noted. Growing concern in United States government about role United States will play in Africa outlined. press Secretary Jody Powell's allegations that Zaire invaders were Cuban-trained and USSR -armed and came from Angola and his statements about administration position on congress restraints on president action in Africa reported.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
(DC) Report on Clark amendment and controversy over it. Law named for Senator Dick Clark detailed. Attitudes toward this legislature of both Carter and Gerald Ford, who was President when it was passed, noted. Situation surrounding Clark amendment during Ford administration and United States involvement in Angola described. Ford's presence in Washington, DC today mentioned. [FORD - thinks US could have prevented USSR and Cuban domination in Angola if Congress had given president greater freedom to operate.] [CLARK - cites reasons he doesn't want United States to become involved in Angola.] Senator Howard Baker's view, incl. closure of United States mission in Havana, given. [BAKER - says if Sovs. continue present actions in Africa and Mideast, United States foreign relations with USSR should be reevaluated and perhaps suspension of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations take place.] Congress attitude toward getting involved in Angola outlined.
REPORTER: Don Farmer
(Studio) Update on situation in Shaba prov., Zaire. Possibility of replacement of French For. Legion troops with troops from former French colonies in Africa reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Kinshasa, Zaire) President Mobutu's trip to Paris detailed. Sources' report noted that Mobutu has received promises that Morocco, Senegal, Gabon and Ivory Coast will send troops and military equipment to Zaire and that For. Legion units in Kolwezi will be replaced. Films shown. Reports stated that Mobutu was warned some mos. ago about Katangese military buildup. Conditions in Kolwezi described.
REPORTER: Howard Tuckner