Diary February 17, 1940
Diary for Saturday, February 17, 1940:
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.
US President Roosevelt sends Sumner Welles, Under-Secretary of State, on ‘fact-finding’ tour of Europe and appoints Myron C. Taylor as his ‘personnal representative’ to the Vatican.
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.