28. Telegram From the Acting Secretary of State to the Secretary of State, at Paris1

Tedul 13. For 9 a.m. delivery. Eyes only Secretary from Acting Secretary. I have read your Dulte 102 to the President in Gettysburg, and he discussed it with much interest. He asked me to cable you this evening along the following lines:

This meeting, with all of its surrounding circumstances must have been a most difficult ordeal for you. He fully appreciated the problems you are up against and wants you to know that you have his full support for the way you have handled them.
It could not be expected at this meeting that many of the NATO countries could reach an agreement on totally new concepts affecting their association in this organization without long and serious discussions within their own governments, and without further exchanges of views with each other.
He would feel content if out of the meeting could come a promise to study earnestly what additional could be done to advance the unity of the North Atlantic Community, and if it resulted in awakening the NATO nations to the need for closer collaboration and integration.
He thought they should realize that our aid to the European countries must be drawing to a close, and that assistance from all must go increasingly to help the more backward nations.

The President expects to return to Washington late Monday afternoon and looks forward to seeing you then or early Tuesday morning.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 110.11–DU/5–556. Secret; Niact. Drafted by Goodpaster and approved personally by Hoover. A copy was sent to the President at Gettysburg on May 6.
  2. Dulte 10 transmitted Dulles’ message to the President, supra.