740.0011 European War 1939/3712: Telegram

The Ambassador in Brazil ( Caffery ) to the Secretary of State

266. Department’s No. 164, June 11, 6 p.m. For Under Secretary. As I have reported they would, the entry of Italy into the war and the continued German victories have complicated matters: President Vargas … without informing his Cabinet apparently, … made, in an effort to appease those elements, the speech reporting [reported?] in my telegram No. 264 [265] (the Associated Press has been telegraphed a translation of the objectionable paragraphs). Would you like the whole speech telegraphed?

Vargas believes I hear that our good neighbor policy might prevent us from interfering with what to all appearances would be a purely Brazilian movement; hence he would like to appease the Germans and Italians.