WASHINGTON — National security adviser John Poindexter made a secret two-day trip to Central America this week to review policy, a White House spokesman announced today. He indicated that President Reagan will seek more aid for the rebels fighting the Nicaraguan regime.
Deputy Press Secretary Larry Speakes said Poindexter went to all the countries of Central America except Nicaragua and Belize. He was accompanied by Eliott Abrams, assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs, and other officials.
Speakes said the purpose of the trip was to "advance the cause of democracy in the region. The President is constantly reviewing policy in Central America."
Speakes indicated that the current review is to prepare a new policy.
Asked whether the purpose also was to increase support for the contras who are fighting the Sandinista government, Speakes said, "Certainly we do support democratic actions in Central America, and that's one of them."