A Wall Street Journal editorial published Friday ripped into President Donald Trump for comments he made about the Soviet Union’s decadelong war in Afghanistan, blasting his “reprehensible” recollection of the conflict and his “slander” of U.S. allies.
The editorial referred to comments made by Trump during a meandering 90-minute meeting of his Cabinet on Wednesday, where Trump belittled the role of U.S. allies in the Middle East, accusing them of sending minimal resources to back up U.S. troops in comparison with the American presence there.
“What other countries have done for the last long period of time is give us some soldiers and then talk about it like it’s the end of the world, and we’re subsidizing their militaries by billions and billions and billions of dollars,” Trump said, claiming the efforts were meant to appease previous U.S. presidents so they could say American allies were fighting alongside the U.S. in an increasingly unpopular war.
“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 Journal’s editorial said, citing the more than 450 British soldiers who have been killed there.
Just as “reprehensible,” the Journal’s editorial board noted, “was Mr. Trump’s utterly false narrative of the Soviet Union’s involvement” in Afghanistan.
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