Vol. LXXXIX, No. 46-S
Wednesday, July18, 1979
Ann Arbor, Michigan Ten Cents
Reports say Carter
asked aides to quit
From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON-President Carter received offers of resigna-
tion from his entire Cabinet and senior White House staff yester-
day in a stunning effort to revive his troubled presidency. Some
reports indicated that Carter requested the resignations.
A formal White House announcement read to reporters by
press secretary Jody Powell said Carter will review the offers
"carefully and expeditiously."
Authoritative sources said the Treasury Secretary Michael Blumei
"national security team" composed of thaI and HEW Secretary Josep
Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Defen- Califan might be on the way o
se Secretary Harold Brown, and tecs hey reportedly have an
National Security adviser Zbigniew Br- tagonized Carters top White House a
zezinski "will remain intact." visers.
TE "w reainin off A source said the resignations wer
sTHE MASS resignation ofer, un- requested at a Cabinet meeting yeste]
precedented in recent history, also ex- r ning, t itwant esw
tended to Cabinet-level officials such as day morning, but it was not clear wh
did the asking. However, no one at th
United Nations Ambassador Andrew White House was willing to say tha
Young. Carter personally solicited the offers t
A close Carter adviser said the quit.
president would decide "within a few "THEY WERE offered," said one o
days" which, if any, of the offers to ac- ficial. ". . . We felt it would be an ap
cept. propriate step to take at this particula
Speculation about possible Cabinet time."
changes has centered on Energy "The president had a serious, length
Secretary James Schlesinger, who said discussion with his Cabinet and senio
earlier yesterday that he had told Car- White House staff today about th
ter weeks ago that he planned to resign priorities of his administration. H
"well before" the start of the 1980 reviewed with them the progressc
presidential primaries, past years and problems that remain,
SCHLESINGER, WHO has been the Powell said.
target of much criticism for the "-All members of the senior staff an
nation's energy problems, said on Cabinet have offered their resignation
NBC's "Today" show that "I do not during this period of evaluation. Th
AP Photo think that in the Democratic primaries president will review these offersc
that I would necessarily be an asset." resignation carefully and expeditiousi
ECRECY GRIPS Washington as the nation awaits President Carter's There also has been speculation that SePRESIDENT, Pain'11
'-s-Hnse so. Lnis. entire L -&Iners__u.meP RrEDENaTnons
response to his entire Cabinet's submittal of res n
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Cabinet silent on resignations
TON (AP)-A chorus of White House staff, in areas where he Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland way or the other" whet
nt" echoed through the feels they are necessary." was asked in a brief interview how the resignation will be accepted.
apital yesterday after Meanwhile, it was clear that in resignation offers came about. Labor Secretary Ray Mars
arter's entire Cabinet and several departments the news had "I HAVE NOTHING to say. I've top officials in his departmen
e House staff offered to shaken quite a few high- and middle- always said at the proper time I would had offered to resign but he r
level executives. resign, and I will," Bergland replied. discuss the matter further, e
nment sources who asked MOST OF THOSE who submitted Defense Secretary Harold Brown his closest aides,
identified said Carter resignations were not available for said, "I will leave it to the White House At the Interior Department
e resignations himself. comment. Their spokespersons said to answer questions about what hap- spokesman Harmon Kallm
SIDENT Walter Mondale, they would have nothing to say im- pened." Secretary Cecil Andrus "said
peaking appearance in mediately. Treasury Secretary Michael Blumen- the White House has isst
Kan., said he had no ad- At one Cabinet department, an of- thal was seen getting into his limousine statement and it's correct and#
edge of the resignation of- ficial who asked not to be named or with Joseph Laitin, his press officer he has to say."
identified by department, said: "The Reporters were barred from leaving Secretary of State Cyrus
ded, "He (Carter) is, of second-level people here are in chaos; the building toapproach the vehicle, chief spokesman, Hodding Car
g to be making personnel it looks like an anthill which just had LATER, LAITIN said Blumenthal he doesn't know who asked
Sithin the' Cabinet and the top lifted off." "has been given no reason to feel one resignations.
t that he