Controversy was not new to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young, who resigned (15 August) during a row over an act of private diplomacy.
SV Andrew Young being sworn into office as ambassador to United Nations.
SV Andrew Young with British Foreign Secretary David Owen, speaking about Cubans in Ethiopia.
CJ Page of Playboy interview.
CU Young at Senate Foreign Relations Committee explaining.
CU Still picture and graphic of Young quote.
SCU Young in Geneva speaking about political prisoners.
SV President Carter at news conference. (4 shots)
SV Andrew Young being sworn in as Ambassador and President alongside.
CU President Carter saying Andy Young is the best.
TRANSCRIPTS: YOUNG: "I, Andrew Young, do solemnly swear..."
MCCARTHY: "Andrew Young was sworn in as the American Ambassador to the United Nations on January thirtieth 1977. He was soon making statements that embarrassed the Carter administration. In May of that year Young caused a furore when he seemed to support Cuban intervention in Ethiopia."
YOUNG: "They are killing people right and left and I guess I think maybe the Cubans might be a little more rational than the Ethiopians at this point."
MCCARTHY: "By July 1977 Young had told Playboy magazine that both Presidents Nixon and Ford were racists. Their friends on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee summoned Young to explain the remarks.
He said they were misinterpreted. Young's next big problem arose in July 1978.
He told a French newspaper there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of political prisoners in the United States.
The next day in Geneva, Young tried to explain the statement."
YOUNG: "I have actively supported the cause for universal human rights and freedoms and especially the cause of Soviet Jewry from my earliest day in the U.S. Congress... Nor have ??? ever equated the status of political freedom in the United States with that in the Soviet Union."
MCCARTHY: "The gaff once again embarrassed the President, who chastised Young."
CARTER: "The statement by Andy Young was unfortunate and I do not agree with it. I do not think there are thousands of political prisoners in this country. I trust Andy to realise that he will be more careful in the future."
MCCARTHY: "Andrew Young has embarrassed the White House several times, but this time he got in trouble not for what he said, but for what he did: conducting private diplomacy that seriously threatened this country's already strained relations with Israel."
CARTER: "Andy has heard me say this many times and I have never said it about anyone else... Of all the people I have known in public service, Andy Young is the best."
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Background: Controversy was not new to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young, who resigned (15 August) during a row over an act of private diplomacy. He met a member of the palestine Liberation Organisation in New York, contrary to official United States foreign policy. It was the last act in a series of indiscretions embarrassing to the Carter administration. The N.B.C.'s Lee McCarthy reports.