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February 2, 1984



Washington

Democrats' pullout push is 'politics' - Speakes

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The chief White House spokesman accused Democrats in Congress Wednesday of ''playing politics'' by pushing for the withdrawal of US troops from Lebanon. Deputy press secretary Larry Speakes warned that any move to call the troops home ''could encourage intransigence on the part of the Syrians and clearly undermine the peace process in the Middle East.''

As House Democrats met in a caucus to consider the administration's Lebanon policy, President Reagan was posing for pictures at the White House with Yugoslav President Mika Spiljak. ''I'm not going to pay any attention to it,'' he said of the meeting of Democrats.