South Africa has fired back at Trump over his criticism of their plan to confiscate land held by white farmers. Breitbart reports:
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday reconfirmed that the country plans to go ahead with a land reform constitutional amendment that would explicitly permit confiscation of farms without compensation. The amendment is believed to be targeted at farms owned by white farmers, but some in the government dispute that.
Ramaphosa’s government was thrown into turmoil on Thursday after president Donald Trump issued a tweet condemning the land reform plan:
“I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.” @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews”
Trump’s tweet is based on a Wednesday evening segment by Fox News analyst Tucker Carlson, which was highly inflammatory and misstated some facts.
While some claims of “white genocide” in South Africa are exaggerated and at worst, premature, communists seizing private land is never something you’d want to praise.