President Roosevelt sketches out for reporters various potential developments in the European war as well as possible U.S. responses.
Following a press conference in the Oval Office, President Roosevelt ruminated on the growing crisis in the East. Reflecting upon a recent bellicose statement by the head of the Japanese Press Association, FDR speculated with aides about the degree to which those remarks reflected official Japanese policy.
The morning's New York Times featured reports of an impending meeting between German chancellor Adolf Hitler and Italian premier Benito Mussolini, as well as news of continuing British success in combating the Nazi air assault. The focus of this telephone conversation between President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull, however, is the growing conflict with Japan in the Far East and the Pacific Ocean. With the tape recorder capturing only those sounds heard in the Oval Office itself, it features only President Roosevelt's side of the conversation.
Press conference response to question on the Tripartite Pact.
Meeting with Civil Rights leaders A. Philip Randolph and Walter White, President Roosevelt considers various options for integrating the U.S. military and preparedness efforts.