WSJ editorial blasts Trump for 'utterly false narrative' on Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

The conservative-leaning editorial board of The Wall Street Journal took aim at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE on Friday after comments made by Trump earlier in the week suggested that the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union was justified.

In an editorial published Friday by the newspaper, the board's writers blasted Trump's comments during Wednesday's Cabinet meeting as "absurd" and "reprehensible," while condemning the president's grasp of history regarding the Soviet invasion of the South Asian country as an "utterly false narrative."

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"He said: 'The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there,'" the board wrote, quoting the president.

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

In the brief editorial, the newspaper also attacked Trump for his comments about troop commitments from U.S. allies, quoting comments made by Trump during the same Cabinet meeting that appeared to minimize allied contributions.

“They tell me a hundred times, ‘Oh, we sent you soldiers. We sent you soldiers,' " Trump said during the meeting.

"This mockery is a slander against every ally that has supported the U.S. effort in Afghanistan with troops who fought and often died," the board responded.

The right-leaning newspaper has frequently battled the president on policy issues since Trump took office in 2017, with the Journal's editorial board most recently condemning a proposed order by Trump in October aimed at ending birthright citizenship.

Trump was also targeted by the paper earlier last year following his meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, after which the Journal dubbed Trump's statement, which appeared to accept Putin's explanation for U.S. election meddling, as a "national embarrassment."