expressions of disgust at the Hitler government’s firing squal “revolution.”
Secretary Hull, with whose department the Leitner protest was filed, hastened to point out that Johnson, in his Waterloo, Iowa, speech yesterday, was speaking as an individual and not for the United States government.
The head of the recovery administration also made it clear that he was talking purely for himself and not in an official capacity.
Hull said it is to be regretted that the governmental position occupied by Johnson gives rise to the possibility that remarks uttered by him as an individual are open to misconstruction as having been official.
The German Embassy made no public comment.