'Disappointed' South Africa summons US envoy for Trump tweet

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Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he had asked his Secretary of State to closely study South Africa's land and farm seizures and expropriations.

"The President of the USA needs political distractions to turn our gaze away from his criminal cabal, and so he's attacking South Africa with the disproven racial myth of 'large scale killings of farmers, '" Patrick Gaspard, a former U.S. ambassador to South Africa, tweeted on Thursday. The White House didn't respond to questions about the tweet.

AfriForum, which earlier this year lobbied in the U.S. against the proposed amendment of the Constitution, welcomed Trump's tweet, saying it was a victory for property owners and everyone.

In early 2012, ADL's Center on Extremism documented how white supremacists in the United States were gearing up for protests as part of something they termed the "South Africa Project (SAP)". "Something like 400 white farmers have been murdered, brutally murdered, over the last 12 months".

In this photo taken October 30, 2017 people place white crosses, representing farmers killed in the country, at a ceremony at the Vorrtrekker Monument in Pretoria, South Africa.

South Africa's foreign ministry will seek clarification of Mr Trump's comments from the United States embassy in Pretoria, President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokeswoman said, adding that Mr Trump was "misinformed".

The tweet also caused a selloff of the nation's currency, the rand, which sank nearly 2 percent against the dollar before paring losses.

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"'South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers'", said the post that tagged the show's host Tucker Carlson as well as the channel. "The constitutional amendment he is seeking, he said, would strengthen the existing rules by making explicit the conditions under which land could be expropriated without compensation". Reform aims to improve access to land for all and reduce wealth inequality in South Africa.

Conference speaker Riedewaan Marcus, 24, a farmer in the Western Cape province backed by the Agri Dwala foundation which supports emerging black agriculture said he was "not a fan of Donald Trump". President Cyril Ramaphosa has tried to paint a picture in an article for a leading London newspaper that a sober approach to land grabs will play a meaningful role in righting past wrongs; President Donald Trump has seized the opportunity to use the issue as a distraction tactic for his troubles back home.

"Absolutely disgraceful that the president continues to target African nations and spread racially-charged claims that have no basis in evidence or fact", Booker wrote.

"There's a danger in conducting foreign policy by tweet after viewing a single press report", Flake tweeted Thursday.

"The government of South Africa wishes to caution against alarmist, false, inaccurate and misinformed, as well as - in some cases - politically motivated statements that do not reflect the policies and intentions of the South African government", it said. As Patrick Gaspard, a former American ambassador to South Africa and now president of the Open Society Foundations, tweeted, 'This man has never visited the continent and has no discernible Africa policy'.

Trump's tweet was the latest in a series of false and misleading claims he has made during his campaign and presidency. The number of murders on farms is down from 2001-2002 when police recorded 140 farm killings, he said.

Just 34% of voters trust Trump over news media to tell the truth about important issues, according to a poll July 25 by Quinnipiac University.

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