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Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972; Lovett, Robert A. (Robert Abercrombie), 1895-1986; Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986
Cabinet meetings; International relations; United States-Soviet relations

Cabinet Meeting Minutes, December 3, 1948. Matthew J. Connelly Papers - Notes on Cabinet Meetings II.

CABINET MEETING, DECEMBER 3, 1948

10:00am

THE PRESIDENT

Handed copies of Russian Policy statement to members with provision it is for eyes only. The statement was prepared by Security Council.

LOVETT

Made additional brief report on China situation.

HARRIMAN

Brief report on ECA in Western Europe. It is a fact that Russian timetable called for control of Italy and France by now. ECA has prevented this. The thinking of Western Europe has changed. They are stiffening against Russian domination where formerly they looked on it as a fight between Russia and U. S. They are now looking on it as their own fight. The British particularly are giving us more cooperation. France is in the worst shape economically and politically but is however showing more courage and willingness to cooperate in reducing Communist influence.


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