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Economy Summit / Bitburg Controversy #543667

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 02, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Bonn, West Germany) Formal opening of economy summit here and role of Bitburg controversy discussed; meeting between Chancellor Helmut Kohl and President Reagan described. [REAGAN - denies any controversy over Bitburg.] Reagan said now scheduled to visit military cemetery at Bitburg with grandson of German colonel who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler; assistant secretary state Richard Burt's response to media's inquiries about Reagan-Kohl meeting described. Reagan's economic goals for summit, opposed by French President Francois Mitterrand, discussed. [Prime Min. Yasuhiro NAKASONE and REAGAN - praise course of discussions so far.]
REPORTER: Chris Wallace

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Bonn, West Germany) Pressure of Reagan from Kohl to proceed with Bitburg visit despite his request that Kohl drop the controversial visit discussed; domestic political stakes for Kohl's government of Bitburg explained. Kohl government's concern over sudden re-emergence of anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism considered. Pol. problems posed for Reagan from affair examined; communications director Patrick Buchanan's anti-Semitic comment on Bitburg controversy quoted screen.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Buchanan's explanation of remark reported.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Brokaw, Tom;
Kalb, Marvin;
Wallace, Chris

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