33. Memorandum From President Kennedy to Secretary of State Rusk0

It seems to me important that our efforts to organize support along the lines discussed last week should proceed as quickly as possible. I have suggested to Bundy that he get in touch with Mann and ask him for a report before the end of the week on the ways and means by which these negotiations might be conducted more quickly. At last Saturdayʼs meeting1 Mr. Mann suggested it might take up to six weeks. This seems to me an excessively long time. Can we do anything about it?

  1. Source: Kennedy Library, Presidentʼs Office Files, Countries Series, Cuba, Security, 1961. Confidential. The source text indicates that the memorandum was dictated by the President.
  2. January 28; see Documents 30 and 31.