167. Memorandum for Bromley Smith, November 11

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SUBJECT

  • Presidential Meeting on Honduras and DR—November 1—5:00 p.m.

PARTICIPANTS

  • The President
  • AID—Mr. David Bell, Mr. Reuben Sternfeld
  • Defense—Dr. Mountain
  • CIA—Mr. Richard Helms, Col. J.C. King
  • State—Mr. Edwin M. Martin
  • White House—Mr. McGeorge Bundy, Mr. Ralph Dungan

The current situation in the Dominican Republic and Honduras was discussed.

With respect to Honduras, it was observed that the conversations with regard to the return to constitutionality are still going on in the country, that an orderly withdrawal of U.S. personnel is underway, that there is no imminent threat of counter-coup or insurgent activity, and therefore our posture for the moment should be to stand pat.

With regard to the DR, it was decided (1) to dispatch Colonel Simmons and the President approved a general instruction for his mission, (2) the President requested a memorandum to be drafted for use in our Latin American embassies in the event that we recognize the new regime in Saigon, and (3) the President directed that the Chargé in Santo Domingo be brought back to the U.S. for consultation early next week.

Ralph A. Dungan
  1. Meeting among President Kennedy and other government officials on the current situation in Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Confidential. 1 p. Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Countries Series, Dominican Republic, 10/18–11/23/63.