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Reagan Press Conference Reaction #547481

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 20, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Chris Wallace) President Reagan's news conference last night on his secret arms deals with Iran reviewed; scenes shown. [Senators Sam NUNN, Carl LEVIN - cite contradictions and discrepancies in President's stmts.] His denial that Israel was involved cited as example [REAGAN - denies using 3rd country as conduit.] White House's later retraction of that denial quoted. [REAGAN - claims he asked for hostages' release as sign of good intentions from Iran.] His defense of keeping shipments secret from Congress said focusing on fallacious argument about Grenada invasion; details given. [Representative James WRIGHT - notes President is bound by laws.] [REAGAN - claims all United States hostages would have been freed by now if media hadn't reported leaks.] President said later admitting first leak came from Iranian radicals in Lebanese magazine Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane's second thoughts about arms shipments quoted on screen.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) White House said acknowledging Reagan made another misstmt. at press conf., about arms control agreement with Mikhail Gorbachev at Iceland summit; details given.

Brokaw, Tom;
Wallace, Chris

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