POINT MUGU, Calif. -- President Reagan branded the Polish parliament's banning of the Solidarity movement Friday 'horrible' and said he will discuss the subject on his Saturday radio broadcast.
Reagan was asked about the move as he stepped from Air Force One after meeting with Mexican President-elect Miguel de la Madrid in Coronado and prepared to board a helicopter for his mountaintop ranch near Santa Barbara.
'I think it's horrible,' said Reagan, when asked to comment on the banning of the movement headed by imprisoned Lech Walesa.
In Washington, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Charles Percy, R-Ill., termed the outlawing of Solidarity an 'outrage.'
AFL-CIO president Lane Kirkland called on the administration to declare Poland in default of its debts and halt credit to the Soviet bloc.
Reagan said he 'will be discussing' the situation 'in my morning radio broadcast.' He apparently referred to the live broadcast he has been making nationwide each Saturday noon.
Earlier he had planned to discuss in the broadcast the nation's recession economy and the rise in unemployment to 10.1 percent in September.
Asked whether he plans to impose any further sanctions against Poland, Reagan smiled and said, 'Wait till tomorrow.' The president retaliated for Warsaw's imposition of martial and crackdown on Solidarity in December by imposing economic sanctions against Poland and the Soviet Union.
Reagan learned Friday afternoon of the new action against Solidarity.
'We have been monitoring the situation very closely in the State Department for the last few days,' Deputy press secretary Larry Speakes told reporters. 'The action today by the Polish government was not unexpected.
'We deplore the action and one of our basic principals in dealing with the Polish government is the fact that they must restore a dialogue between Solidarity and the government,' the White House spokesman said.
'The Polish government has committed another outrage with today's action,' Percy said. 'This shows its utter disdain for the wishes and the aspirations of the Polish people for greater freedom.'
'In the long run, no Polish government is viable without a functioning economy. The Polish economy won't produce effectively without the support of Polish workers and farmers,' Percy said in a statement.
'They have no motivation to produce without a stake in the system and the system has just given them the sharpest blow yet,' he said.
Kirkland called Solidarity 'the only legitimate voice of Poland's workers.' A union created by a government, he said, 'cannot by its very nature represent the interests of workers. It can only represent the interests of the state.'
'The AFL-CIO renews its demand that the United States government declare Poland in default of its debts and halt the flow of credits to that Soviet Union and its satellites,' Kirkand said.