American presidents usually had a fairly free hand when it came to carrying
out foreign affairs. However, if they signed up to any agreements they had
to get approval from the US Congress.
This extract from Roosevelt's speech focuses on how the negotiations at
Roosevelt generally got on much better with Stalin than the British Prime
In late 1944 and early 1945 various German leaders made contact with Roosevelt
and Churchill about the possibility of joining forces against the USSR. German
propaganda also tried to portray the USSR as a threat to the world.