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Reagan / West German Trip Controversy #95728

ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 26, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Senator resolution asking Pres Reagan and West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl to resolve growing controversy over Reagan's planned visit next month to German military cemetery examined [Senator Alan CRANSTON - asks Kohl to free Reagan from trip obligation.] Wording of resolution outlined on screen. [Senator Howard METZENBAUM - hopes Reagan won't go to Bitburg.] [Senator Robert DOLE - agrees.] House letter urging Kohl to withdraw invitation to Bitburg recalled. United States Info. Agency director Charles Wick's opposition to cemetery visit quoted on screen. [Jerry FALWELL - agrees trip is a mistake; appeals to Reagan to cancel visit.] Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher mentioned agreeing with critics of Bitburg visit.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Commentary concerns Bitburg controversy and ints. of United States versus Kohl.
REPORTER: George Will

(Studio) Strong US-Bitburg relations noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Bitburg, West Germany) Reaction here to controversy examined; proximity of United States Air Force base noted. Films shown. [Mayor Theo HALLET - (thru translator) describes close relations with Americans here.] [Taxi DRIVER - (in German) praises President] ["Stern" magazine spokesperson Uli JORGENS - notes Kohl's "pol. face" is at stake.] [AMERICANS and GERMANS - praise relations; resent controversy.]
REPORTER: Jim Hickey

Hickey, Jim;
Jennings, Peter;
Serafin, Barry;
Will, George

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