ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 14, 1978
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(Studio) Recent media arguments between President Carter and Cuban leader Castro about Cuban role in invasion of Zaire noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) [CARTER - comments on Castro's claims of noninvolvement in invasion; says Cuban leader could have done more to try to stop it. Hopes Castro and Angola's government will pledge selves to stopping any future crossings of Angolan border that would allow invasions of Zaire by Katangan rebels.] Lack of diplomatic retaliatory methods for United States to take against Cuba noted. [CARTER - mentions potential outbreak of war between Ethiopians and Eritreans; hopes Cubans won't get involved in this. Thinks it's time Cubans withdrew from Ethiopia.] Contd. Washington, DC skepticism about Carter evidence of Cuban involvement in Zaire reported.
REPORTER: Ann Compton
(DC) Report on reaction of Representative Stephen Solarz to President Carter's statements on Cuban involvement in Zaire and Castro's denials of it. Solarz' recent trip to Havana and talk with Castro mentioned. [SOLARZ - says Castro's protestations of noninvolvement are convincing, but Cuban involvement shouldn't be precluded. Notes administration evidence of Cuban involvement is only circumstantial.] CIA director Turner's briefings of congress cmtes. noted and details about evidence revealed given. [Senator Howard BAKER - thinks Pres is right, Castro wrong and it's not 1st time Castro's been wrong. Recalls Castro's original denials of Cuban presence in Angola.] Contd. effect of Vietnam and Watergate on power and credibility of US President examined.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore; Interview by: Stephanie Levinson
(Studio) President Carter's announcement that California taxpayers' message has been received in DC, but that they shouldn't expect federal aid to help offset lost revenue outlined. Carter's revelation of results of 2 IRS (Internal Revenue Service) audits on him detailed.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds