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NEW YORK (AP) - Former White
House press secretary Ron Nessen says
in a forthcoming book that Betty Ford
was a jealous and insecure wife whose
N essen: drinking problem prevented her from
outwardly reacting to an assassination
attempt on her husband.
B ettyr"I watched her face intently to see
what her reaction would be" when she
was told of the assassination attempt by
drank - ore Sara Jane Moore in San Francisco,
Nessen recounts in "It Sure Looks Dif-
ferent from the Inside," according to
New York Post columnist Harriet Van
pression. She just kept smiling and took
a sip of her drink," the columnist
quotes from galley proofs of Nessen's
Ms. Ford was recently hospitalized
for treatment of her dependence on
pain killers and alcohol. But Nessen
said the pinched nerve in her neck was
a White House cover story concocted to
mask a problem that began before
Gerald Ford became President.
In San Diego, Ford's office said he
would have no comment until he reads
the book, which is to be published in
August by Playboy Press.
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firm the accuracy of the reported con-
tents but issued a brief statement on
"The book will speak for itself when
published," it said. "He resents any
implications that he has done anything
to hurt the Fords or has exploited his
relationship with them for his own
Because Ford's many travels left her
feeling like a neglected housewife, Van
Horne quoted from the galley proofs,
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Vikki Carr, Phyllis George, Elke Som-
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WASHINGTON (AP) -
Congressional rejection of President
Carter's proposal to sell 60 warplanes to
Saudi Arabia would "severely strain"
relations with that nation and might in-
fluence future Saudi oil decisions, the
General Accounting Office (GAO) said
Reiterating GAO testimony earlier in
the month to the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee, the report
released Friday said the proposed sale
"has become an important symbol to
the Saudis of the U.S. relationship."
THE PROPOSED sale "has political
significance beyond meeting Saudi
security needs," said the GAO, an .in-
vestigatory and auditing agency of
Carter proposed a $4.8 billion sale of
60 F-15 jet fighters to Saudi Arabia, 50
less advanced F-5s to Egypt and 15 F-
15s and 75 F-16s to Israel. The package
has encountered considerable op-
position in both houses.
Failure of Congress to approve the
sale would be a "crucial blow to the
Saudi Arabian government and would
severely strain relations between the
two countries" the report said.
"THE SALE of the F-15 aircraft has
apparently been chosen as thetest of
U.S. friendship and overall commit-
ment to Saudi self-defense
aspirations," it added.
The GAO said a steady increase in oil
production by Saudi Arabia appears
needed to retain economic stability in
the world by the end of the century and
the United States should not take it for
Saudi Arabia has 25 per cent of the
non-communist world's proven oil
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