63. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Costa Rica 1

279. President in meeting with the Secretary this afternoon decided that Milton Eisenhower’s trip should be rescheduled preferably for some time in July thus avoiding any possible conflict with important student events scheduled late June certain countries and giving Government Panama time to overcome student and other political problems which resulted in state of siege there.

Request you consult with FonMin immediately to obtain his reaction to such postponement and his advice as to most convenient dates preferably latter part July. Department now considering scheduling trip in reverse order beginning with Panama about mid July and finishing with Guatemala, with approximately two days in each country.

Separate message follows with text of proposed press release.2

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 120.1520/6–258. Secret; Niact. Drafted and initialed by Rubottom. Also sent niact to San Salvador, Guatemala City, Tegucigalpa, Managua, and Panama City, and repeated to Asunción, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Ciudad Trujillo, Havana, La Paz, Lima, Mexico City, Montevideo, Port-au-Prince, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago.
  2. Telegram 268 to San Salvador, June 2, not printed. (ibid.) For text of the press release dated June 4, announcing a delay in Dr. Eisenhower’s trip, see Department of State Bulletin, June 23, 1958, p. 1042.