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President Donald Trump isn’t sending troops into South Africa. That’s a made-up story surfacing on the internet.
"TRUMP blast again: ‘I am sending troops to South Africa and they will not leave until the killing stop and the land issue resolved,’ " a headline on a blog reads.
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The post includes a screenshot of a post by the Facebook page Donald Trump Quotes. We were unable to locate the original post on their page. Either way, the page is not an official communication channel for Trump.
We found no announcement of the sort as we scrolled through Trump’s tweets, Facebook posts and White House accounts, as well as Defense Department press releases.
Trump did, however, tweet that he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to look into a situation with farmers in South Africa.
Trump seemed to be quoting a report by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. He’s talking about a legal battle over land rights unfolding in South Africa. There are very few actual statistics that show racially based farm violence. The last time our colleagues Africa Check fact-checked farm murders in 2017, they found 57.
It isn’t true that Trump is sending troops to South Africa. He never said that.
We rate this statement Pants on Fire!
Twitter, @realDonaldTrump, Aug. 22, 2018
Africa Check, FACTSHEET: Statistics on farm attacks & murders in SA, May 8, 2017
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