611.3531/1528: Telegram

The Ambassador in Argentina (Armour) to the Secretary of State

185. Referring to my 183, June 5, 8 p.m. In the light of the recent unfavorable reaction to our sale of Government corn to Great Britain (Embassy’s 152, May 22, 9 a.m.) any further development such as an increase in duties on corn would have a most unfortunate effect here and would supply pro-totalitarian influence with a potent political weapon to use against us at this difficult juncture. The Department’s constructive proposal with respect to corn discussions has been helpful and it is to be hoped, in the event that any restrictive measure is contemplated as reported, that the whole question may be held in abeyance until it can be considered with the facts brought out in the course of such discussions.