US Embassy in South Africa rejects Trump tweet: report

US Embassy in South Africa rejects Trump tweet: report
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The U.S. Embassy in South Africa has reportedly sent out a memo tacitly rejecting President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE’s tweet tying land reform issues to a “large scale killing of farmers” in the country.

Trump, citing a segment from Fox News, claimed in a tweet last week that violence against farmers was related to the seizure of farmland, a highly controversial issue in South Africa with roots in its apartheid past.

"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," Trump wrote on Twitter.

The U.S. Embassy in South Africa addressed the topic Wednesday, issuing a memo titled, “Despite Crime Epidemic, Farm Murders Down,” Foreign Policy reported.

The embassy cited a report claiming farm murders are at their lowest point in 19 years.

The cable, which the magazine said did not directly mention Trump or his tweet, outlined statistics on murder rates in the country involving white-owned South African farms.

“Some journalists and lobby groups have simplified complex land disputes to serve their own ends,” the cable read, according to Foreign Policy.

The memo added that political officers for the embassy found “no evidence that murders on farms specifically target white people or are politically motivated.”

“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,” the cable stated, according to Foreign Policy.

South Africa's government knocked Trump over his tweet last week, saying it was based on "false information" and it served "only to polarize debate on this sensitive and crucial matter."

Though white South Africans represent a minority of the population, they own a vast majority of farmland in the country.

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Conference, announced Tuesday it would withdraw a bill allowing the government to seize land in exchange for money as a means to amend racial disparities.

The bill’s withdrawal would allow for a debate over a constitutional change that could lead to the seizure of land without payment.

However, the South African government has said it will not seize land without proper compensation or recourse, according to Foreign Policy.