US president’s tweet followed Fox News segment calling land seizure policy ‘immoral’

South Africa has described a tweet by Donald Trump ordering his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to look into the alleged seizure of farms and “large-scale killing of farmers” as polarising and based on false information and lobbying.

Trump’s controversial tweet followed a segment on Fox News on Wednesday in which the host Tucker Carlson claimed the South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, had started “seizing land from his own citizens without compensation because they are the wrong skin colour”, and called the action “immoral”.

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