The former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard says President Donald Trump needs political distractions to turn attention away from what Gaspard says is Trump’s criminal cabal.
Gaspard made the comments in a tweeted response to Trump’s earlier twitter remarks that he’d asked his Secretary of State to closely study – in his words – South Africa’s “land and farm seizures, expropriations and large scale killing of farmers”.
Gaspard – an Obama era appointee and now President of the Open Society Foundations – took to Twitter to call out President Trump.
The President of the US 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”
This man has never visited the continent and has no discernible Africa policy
— Patrick Gaspard (@patrickgaspard) August 23, 2018
The former U.S. envoy says of the US President that he’s never visited the continent and has no discernible Africa policy.
Trump’s late night tweet came after he watched a segment on the conservative Fox news channel that accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of being a racist, that he’d already changed the country’s Constitution to make it possible to steal land from people, adding he’d begun seizing land from citizens based on their skin colour while urging the Trump administration to respond to what it called a human rights tragedy unfolding in South Africa.
President Trump tweeted immediately after the show.