The Secretary of State to the Minister in Austria (Earle)
11. Your 37, February 28, noon, and your 38. I have personally gone over your proposed statement and discussed it with Phillips and with other collaborators here. We are unanimously of the opinion that it would be misunderstood (a) in Europe, where it might be read as implying American aid against an aggressor, and (b) in this country where it would be considered an intervention in European political affairs. For these reasons I feel that it would be better to confine any interview you may give to the press to an analysis of economic conditions in the United States.