WASHINGTON — National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft on Saturday disputed the claim of prospective independent presidential contender Ross Perot that the White House sought his help after the invasion of Panama.
Scowcroft, in an interview broadcast on CNN, said it was Perot who made the offer to put up money to help rebuild Panama.
Bush sent U.S. troops into Panama in December, 1989, to oust dictator Manuel A. Noriega, who was ultimately returned to Miami to face drug charges.
The Texas billionaire last week produced a January, 1990, letter from President Bush thanking him for his "offer to help with Panama's economic recovery . . . I am glad the Noriega matter is now resolved."