WSJ Editorial Board Slams Trump For ‘Absurd Misstatement Of History’

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The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, usually friendly to President Donald Trump, came out swinging Friday morning, publishing an editorial skewering Trump’s statements on Afghanistan at Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting.

They call Trump’s mockery of other nations who fought alongside American troops in Afghanistan “slander,” noting the number of soldiers who died in the effort from the UK alone.

The board then targets Trump’s support of the Soviet Union’s presence in the country in the ’80s when he said they were “right to be there.”

“Right to be there?” the board writes with indignation. “We cannot recall a more absurd misstatement of history by an American President. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan with three divisions in December 1979 to prop up a fellow communist government.”

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