The Assistant Secretary of State (Sayre) to the Italian Ambassador (Rosso)6

As I told you on the occasion of your last visit on January 3, careful consideration has been given to the inquiry which was made by your Government in the informal memorandum which you left with me. I have no doubt that you can anticipate my reply, but in giving it to you I wish to assure you that the new consideration which has been given to this matter confirms my opinion that it would serve no useful purpose for your Government to send experts to this country in order to carry out the objects indicated in your memorandum.

I feel that at this juncture we must look at facts realistically and recognize that in view of existing circumstances it would seem advisable to suspend at this time further consideration of trade agreement negotiations.

  1. Handed to the Italian Ambassador by Mr. Sayre on January 15, 1936.