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Reagan / West Germany Trip Controversy #543216

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 26, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Bipartisan Senator resolution asking President Reagan to cancel next month's visit to Bitburg, West Germany, military cemetery examined; Senators Arlen Specter and Howard Metzenbaum noted sponsoring resolution. [Senator Robert DOLE - hopes Chancellor Helmut Kohl will change visit agenda.] [Senator Edward KENNEDY - blames Kohl's inflexibility for controversy.] [Senator Alan CRANSTON, METZENBAUM, SPECTER - urge President not to go.; imply long-term damage to US-German relations] [Senator Alfonse D'AMATO - thinks White House is looking for way out.] D'Amato mentioned making remarks following mtg. with chief of staff Don. Regan.
REPORTER: John Dancy

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) White House commitment to Bitburg visit discussed; administration's pressure on Kohl to come up with alternative and apparent failure of effort considered.

(Studio) Poll indicating West German public's support of visit noted.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace, Tom Brokaw

(Frankfurt, West Germany) Reaction in Bitburg to controversy examined; films shown. Town's relationship with nearby United States air base noted. Cemetery recalled containing graves of Nazi SS; failure of German parliament to eliminate cemetery from Reagan's tour and censure of Kohl for poor planning mentioned. [Soc. Democratic party spokesperson Peter GLOTZ - feels issue has damaged US-German and German-Jews reconciliation efforts.] [Kohl aide Horst TOLCHIK - thinks damage to Kohl has begun and would be exacerbated by cancellation of visit.] Cemetery caretaker's support of trip's cancellation outlined.
REPORTER: Stephen Frazier

Brokaw, Tom;
Dancy, John;
Frazier, Stephen;
Wallace, Chris

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