JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 8 — South Africa’s ruling party African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday condemned U.S. President Donald Trump for disrespecting the late President Nelson Mandela.
This came after the Washington Post carried a story in which Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen said his president used foul language on Mandela and questioned his leadership qualities.
“All freedom-loving people of the world are appalled by these insults which come from a person who, himself, is not a model of competent leadership. Trump is a divisive, misogynistic and disrespectful person ever to occupy the office of the President,” said ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe.
Mabe said if Mandela was still around, he would have offered some leadership lessons to Trump.
“President Mandela also believed in good trade and sound diplomatic relations. President Mandela understood the value of international friendship amongst the countries of the world. The mark of a true leader is not how many enemies you create but how many friendships you cultivate even where strong differences of opinion exist,” said Mabe.