Cabinet Meeting Minutes, October 10, 1947. Matthew J. Connelly Papers - Notes on Cabinet Meetings II.
CABINET MEETING, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1947
Disposed of issuing Presidential invitations to group to discuss Marshall Plan. Cabinet agreed invitations should issue from Steelman.
Asked Krug to discuss natural resources report.
Summarized our position - thought should be given to conservation of wheat, coal, fertilizer, machinery (mining, farming), steel.
HARRIMAN & ANDERSON
Both said Krug did fine job and developed splendid cooperation with their departments.
The war has taught us that the recommendations in the report will avail nothing if we do not get qualified people to carry them out. It would require this to be effective.
FORRESTAL & HARRIMAN
Suggested setting up a miniature WPB.
Supports Krug's position. Suggests getting John Blandford to set up the organization. Lauded the cooperative spirit of technicians of govt departments in pitching into current problems.
This should be put across to the people. It reflects the leadership of the President.
Can't believe that the U.S. will let the nations of Western Europe go to the Soviet for a cost of a few million dollars (150 to 300 million). Thinks we have a great opportunity to get the job done. Recommends that Pres. -
(1) Instruct the Army to make payment to France of claims now existing against us for 80 million dollars - to as great an extent as possible. This should be done over this weekend.
(2) We have frozen Japanese gold against which French has a claim of 30 million. This should be done in early part of next week and aimed at coming French elections.
(3) 3 senior ambassadors (Russia, England, Germany) should be brought in early next week after 1 and 2 are accomplished.
If these things are done it will hit Communist chances in the face.
Raised question of releasing some foreign funds now controlled by U. S. or using as security for loan.
This step would throw Russian attack on Western Europe proposals overboard. This will make Russians desperate.
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