711.359 Sanitary/493: Telegram

The Chargé in Argentina (Tuck) to the Secretary of State

397. Embassy’s 395, September 7 [6], 8 [9] p.m. Dr. Melo who has been apprised by the press of the denial issued by the White House has requested that the following message of clarification be transmitted to the President.

Dr. Melo asserts that at no time during the course of his speech yesterday did he say that President Roosevelt told him that the Senate would ratify the sanitary convention. On the contrary the President has explained to him that this was a time of political unrest and therefore not a suitable one to raise such an issue. Once this time were past, however, he (the President) had felt that an equitable solution could be reached.