33. Editorial Note
On April 12 General Clay, who had returned to Washington for consultations, met just before noon with Secretary of State Rusk, and later in the afternoon with President Kennedy. No record of either of these meetings has been found other than notations in Rusk’s Appointment Book (Johnson Library) and the President’s Appointment Book (Kennedy Library). Following the meeting with the President, the White House released a statement that said that although there was as yet no settlement of the Berlin question, General Clay had reported that the morale and economy of the city no longer required a full-time representative. With this in mind Clay would return to Berlin for a few weeks and then visit the city at frequent intervals in the future. For full text of the statement, see Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1962, pages 325–326.