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Diary February 17, 1940


Sumner Welles in front of the Chancellery in Berlin
US President Roosevelt clearly sympathized with the Allies. Peace efforts, as here by Sumner Welles in front of the Chancellery in Berlin, served mainly for the internal political propaganda in the United States.
Diary for Saturday, February 17, 1940:

Politics

US President Roosevelt sends Sumner Welles, Under-Secretary of State, on ‘fact-finding’ tour of Europe and appoints Myron C. Taylor as his ‘personal representative’ to the Vatican.

Neutrals

USA: United States Lines sells liner President Harding and seven cargo ships to a Belgian concern in attempt to circumvent ban on US seaborne trade with Europe imposed by Neutrality Act.

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