The Nelson Mandela Foundation recently fired back at disparaging remarks involving the late South African statesman, made by US President Donald Trump.
The comments were stated in a book by Michael Cohen titled, Disloyal: A Memoir, which was made by the US president about African leaders, and former South African president Nelson Mandela in particular.
Michael Cohen previously served as an attorney for Trump, and published in his book that Trump had a "low opinion of all black folks".
It continued by saying that Trump allegedly said he did not think Mandela "was a real leader – not the kind he respected", and that Trump praised the apartheid-era rule in South Africa. The book also stated that Trump apparently said that Mandela "f---ed the whole country up. Now it's a s---hole. F--- Mandela. He was no leader".
The Nelson Mandela Foundation did not stay quiet and fired back in a recent statement that was released.
The foundation mentioned that they did not believe that leaders who conducted themselves in the way Trump recently did were "in a position to offer authoritative commentary on the life and work of Madiba". It continued by saying; "Reflecting on leadership, Madiba once said: 'A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed'. We would recommend these words to Mr Trump for consideration."