The Acting Secretary of State to the Chairman of the American Delegation (Hull)
56. Your 31, December 7, 1 a.m. In talking with the President he asks me to tell you that he is wholly sympathetic to any long term plan with adequate exceptions and reservations covering possible actions found necessary during this period of readjustment, especially actions under the N.R.A. and A.A.A. Acts.
With this safeguard he gladly approves your effort to keep alive, as a permanent objective, the idea of liberalizing tariff barriers by simultaneous action of many nations. Please be sure we are all sympathetic with that aim and with your determined effort to find a formulation for it which would supplement the work in the field of reciprocal negotiations.