In Tacit Rebuke, U.S. Embassy in South Africa Rejects Trump Tweet on land reform
London, August 30, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Pesident Donald Trump incensed South Africa by wading into a politically fraught debate on land reform issues and violence against white farmers, a rallying cry for white nationalists in the United States and elsewhere.
Now, the U.S. Embassy in South Africa has tacitly rebuked the president in a cable sent clarifying the issue and correcting mis-perceptions put forward by the president on Twitter, following a misleading statement on Fox News.
Foreign Policy publication is exclusively reporting that the embassy sent a cable, which was entitled “Despite Crime Epidemic, Farm Murders Down” and said that there was “no evidence that murders on farms specifically target white people or are politically motivated,”
Political officers from the U.S. Embassy reached out to a broad array of experts—including farmers, police, crime researchers, and academics—to gauge the extent of violence against white farmers. They found “no evidence that murders on farms specifically target white people or are politically motivated,” the cable states.
“Farmers suggested that they are more vulnerable to violence because of the remoteness of the farms and inadequate responses of law enforcement agencies, but they also noted that farm violence has never resulted in any kind of land seizure,” according to the cable, which Foreign Policy said it had obtained.
Last week, Mr Trump caused a storm by tweeting that he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to closely study “land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers” in South Africa