On Wednesday, Trump announced on his infamous Twitter account that he would be keeping a close eye on the
"South Africa land and farm seizures."
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
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2018
A Fox News segment was aired by Tucker Carlson titled “South Africa Begins Seizing Land From White Farmers.” In the segment, American conservative political commentator Tucker Carlson highlights his opinion that the South African government will “steal land from people because they are the wrong skin color.”
A few days before Trumps’ tweet, head analyst Marian L. Tupy of the American-based think tank The Cato Institute urged the president to intervene in South Africa’s land expropriation battle. She said:
“President Trump should warn the South African government that if South Africa’s Constitution is amended to allow for expropriation without compensation, South Africa will be suspended from the African Growth and Opportunity Act, as Zimbabwe had been. Moreover, the U.S. Congress should hold hearings on the situation in South Africa, if the government of South Africa continues its destructive economic policies.”
Tupy mentions the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which is a United States Trade Act that assists African countries. However, countries involved must comply with specific regulations in order to qualify. Tupy claims that because South Africa “is in breach or is about to breach a number of requirements for membership of AGOA, the president should act by issuing a preemptive warning to the South African government.”
Both Tupy’s message and the Fox News segment from Tucker Carlson seem to have caught Trump’s attention, as he is now calling on US Secretary of State Pompeo to launch an investigation.
By: Mikayla Tetreault, Staff Writer