340.1115/36: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Bullitt)

637. Your 1538, August 22, noon. Your circular to consular offices in France is approved.

With regard to the return of Americans now in Europe, we would prefer that each chief of mission issue such cautionary advice as in his judgment seems warranted. You are therefore authorized to use your best judgment in the matter of a public warning to Americans now in France.

With regard to travelers still in America, I am considering stating to the press tomorrow that in view of the present uncertain conditions in Europe and the difficulties which in the event of an emergency would arise in securing passage home, the Department of State recommends to all American citizens who are contemplating travel to Europe at the present time to consider the advisability of a postponement of their trip unless undertaken for impelling reasons.8

  1. For statement to the press, August 23, 1939, see Department of State Bulletin, August 26, 1939, p. 162.