Although the loan base serves as an aid and exchange program, it accepted its second life as a political program. Almost once the law became law, Officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs began to use it as a lever to impose significant changes in the world`s political economy. Negotiations for a master`s tenancy agreement with the British in 1942 involved demands for the United Kingdom to open its empire to free trade, later called free markets. American leaders had deep suspicions that Britain remained a major economic rival and that loans were not extended until the post-war period. After a decade of neutrality, Roosevelt knew that the change in support for the Allies had to be gradual in the face of support for isolationism in the country. Originally, American policy was to help the British, but not to join the war. In early February 1941, a Gallup poll found that 54% of Americans were in favour of granting aid to the British without The qualifications of Lend Lease. 15% of them voted in favour of qualifications such as “If it doesn`t put us at war” or “If the British can assure us of what we give them”. Only 22% were clearly opposed to the president`s proposal. When respondents were asked about their party membership, the poll revealed a political divide: 69% of Democrats clearly supported lend`s hiring, while only 38% of Republicans supported the law without qualifications. At least one poll spokesman also noted that “about twice as many Republicans” “gave qualified responses that… Democrats.  President Roosevelt signed the Lend Leasing Act on March 11, 1941. It allowed him to “sell, transfer, exchange, lease, lend, lend or otherwise sell any defence item to such a government [whose defence the President considers to be crucial to the defence of the United States.” This policy was extended to China in April and to the Soviet Union in October.
At the end of October 1941, Roosevelt approved $1 billion in Lend`s rental assistance for the United Kingdom. Under the program, the United States provided economic and military assistance by providing allied countries with food, tanks, aircraft, weapons and raw materials. The reimbursement of this aid should be decided by the President. In the end, a lot of debt was incurred without being paid. After the U.S. entered the war, allied nations provided about $8 billion in aid to U.S. troops abroad. After the war, President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972; 1945-1953) viewed the military efforts of the beneficiaries as a fair trade for the goods they had received. The Ernest Harmon Air Force base in Stephenville, Newfoundland, was built as a result of the 1941 lease between the United States and Great Britain.
The base was in service from 1941 to 1966. During this period, he made a significant contribution to Stephenville`s economy and culture. It is hard to imagine what Stephenville would look like today, except for the lease and the base that flows from it. In mid-December 1940, Roosevelt introduced a new political initiative by which the United States allocated military equipment to Britain for the fight against Germany instead of selling it. Payment for deliveries would be deferred and could come in any form of Roosevelt as satisfactory.