With the Kennedy administration concerned about the political and economic direction of Brazil under President Goulart, the State Department prepared recommendations for dealing with Brazil in the short-term. It was presented by U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Lincoln Gordon at the 35th ExComm meeting on December 11, 1962.
At its 35th meeting, the ExComm departed from its usual topic of Cuba to discuss Brazil. Under consideration was a paper by U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Lincoln Gordon about short term policy towards the government of President Goulart. It was decided that Robert Kennedy would go to Brazil as President Kennedy’s emissary and push for changes in the political and economic orientation of Goulart’s government.
President Kennedy met with approximately 80 students and faculty members of the Brazilian War College at the White House on October 30, 1962.