Friday, August 31, 2018

Leaked Diplomatic Cable ‘Rebukes’ Trump on South Africa

It confirmed that the U.S Embassy in South Africa was also concerned with Trump's twitter.
The Foreign Policy, left-leaning the publication on international affairs, obtained and published.  The leakage of the contents about an internal diplomatic cable from the U.S. embassy in Pretoria, South Africa to the State Department in Washington, DC, which claimed to “rebukes” the president for his tweet last week about land reform and alleged farm murders in South Africa.

The U.S. Embassy in South Africa has tacitly rebuked the president in a cable sent clarifying the issue and correcting misperceptions put forward by the president … The cable sent on Wednesday morning and the copy obtained by Foreign Policy but does not mention the president or his tweet at all.

Ttled “Despite Crime Epidemic, Farm Murders Down,” the cable outlines statistics on murder rates on white-owned South African farms. “Some journalists and lobby groups have simplified complex land disputes to serve their own ends,” the cable says. 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.

Trump’s tweet appeared to respond to a State Department statement, aired on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News, which appeared to defend the South African government’s approach to land reform in optimistic terms. Though the South African government rejected Trump’s tweet, and commentators in South Africa were generally critical of the president, some applauded his stance.



South Africa totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past. @realDonaldTrump @PresidencyZA




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