852.24/349: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Mexico ( Daniels )

54. Your No. 79, March 30, 1 p.m. Please request an interview with the Mexican President, inform him of the reports which are current to the effect that planes of American origin recently exported to Mexico are being transshipped to Spain, remind him of his repeated assurances that such transshipment would not be permitted, and bring to his attention such considerations as you may deem best calculated to induce him to take action to prevent the departure of the planes on board the Motomar. In view of the wide publicity given to the President’s assurances, the transshipment of American planes to Spain would be widely reported and commented on in the American press with probable accusations of bad faith, and the necessity of preventing further violation of our law in respect to indirect shipments to Spain would seriously interfere with all exports of arms to Mexico.