War seemed inevitable when the European powers and the pope entered the crisis. In response to their efforts, McKinley postponed his message to Congress, and the Spanish authorized a suspension of hostilities. But the Cubans were not a part of these last-minute efforts, and the fundamental differences that divided the three protagonists remained.
Although the McKinley administration was committed to sending a Cuban message to Congress on 4 April, the deadline was extended two days. The pressure on McKinley decreased on 1 April when it was learned that the Spanish torpedo boats had gotten only as far as the Cape Verde Islands and were not yet ready to cross the Atlantic. Moreover, Day and John W. Griggs, who had replaced McKenna as attorney general, needed time to draft the presidential message. The White House notified congressional leaders that it would delay the Cuban message until 6 April, which Congress accepted.