816.01/2–945: Telegram

The Chargé in El Salvador (Gade) to the Secretary of State

47. From Simmons.20

Castañeda sent me last evening >a verbal message through his future son-in-law urging that we not extend recognition before March first and indicating his belief that he himself would not be permitted to assume office if we should do so.
Castañeda had already informed a member of my staff yesterday that he is making every effort, against considerable pressure, to keep Aguirre out of his future Cabinet.
The above are two additional indications of the serious and growing rift between the President and the President-elect. [Simmons.]
  1. John F. Simmons, Appointed Ambassador, awaiting United States recognition of El Salvador.