Republican senators in the United States were urged yesterday by President Nixon's advisers to cease supporting moves to cut off funds for U.
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SEQ 3: GOODELL: "(DISTINCT) .... not to abandon the president, we'll back him, yes. That was the confident in the president."
REPORTER: "Have you found any reassuring in what you heard this morning about conduct in the war over there?"
GOODELL: "No. I of course feel very deeply that this is an immoral war and we should make the painful decision to get out completely and that any decisions that do it on a gradual basis will merely increase the costs of our recognising that we made a mistake in getting out of that mistake."
REPORTER: "Well, what percentage of the Senate Republicans aren't prepared to abandon the president and vote for a (INDISTINCT) ?"
GOODELL: "I don't consider this abandoning the president as they are talking about it, the administration, in terms of confidence in the president, that's understandable. But those of us who support the amendment of the war are doing so on the basis that we want to bear part of the onus for getting out of this war. This should be shared by the Congress with the president, and that's our constitutional prerogative and our constitutional responsibility."
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Background: Republican senators in the United States were urged yesterday by President Nixon's advisers to cease supporting moves to cut off funds for U.S. troops in Cambodia. The president's leading military and foreign policy advisers told a private meeting of the 43 Senate Republicans in Washington that this would undermine confidence in the president.
Senators who attended the session said the administration officials opposed restraints on the president's powers to sent American troops into action if he feels it necessary. One of them was Senator Charles Goodell of New York, a Liberal Republican who is co-sponsor of an amendment which would force a withdrawal of American forces from Vietnam as well as Cambodia.
After the meeting, Senator Goodell was interviewed by reporters.