740.0011 European War 1939/3731a
The Under Secretary of State (Welles) to President Roosevelt
My Dear Mr. President: The Brazilian Ambassador came to see me this morning and handed me a telegram of which I enclose the translation herewith, which he had just received from President Vargas.[Page 622]
I told the Ambassador I would transmit this message to you and I asked if the Ambassador saw any objection to having the message made public. He assured me there was no objection.
I had hoped that you would, at your press conference this morning, say something on the subject of our relations with Brazil but I realize that due to the tremendous pressure under which you are, it undoubtedly escaped your mind. Do you not think it would be well for Steve Early53 to let the press have the text of this message and see that proper emphasis is given to it by the press?54