Trump Sends Father Of Slain Soldier Promised $25000 Check - Four Months Later

A Gold Star parent says President Trump promised him $25,000 after his son died in combat but he never received a check

A Gold Star parent says President Trump promised him $25,000 after his son died in combat but he never received a check

Kaitlin Collins from CNN noted that his father told the Washington Post that the initial call lasted for "about fifteen minutes" before Trump made the promise to send over a $25,000 personal check "for his loss".

"Baldridge's father, Chris, told The Post that Trump had pledged to give the money in a phone call after his son's death".

Chris Baldridge's son, Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, was killed in June during a suspected insider attack by an Afghan police officer. Since his son's beneficiary was Baldridge's ex-wife, the entire $100,000 death gratuity offered by the Pentagon went to her even though Baldridge was struggling financially.

"I could not believe he was saying that, and I wish I had it recorded because the man did say this", Baldridge said.

Baldridge added that Trump explained how "no other president" had ever offered charity to a grieving military dad in such an off the cuff fashion.

But Baldridge said the only thing he subsequently received from the White House was a letter of condolence. He expressed his dismay, "I opened it up and read it, and I was hoping to see a check in there, to be honest".

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"I think that Gen. Kelly is disgusted by the way that this has been politicized and that the focus has become on the process and not the fact that American lives were lost". So far, Baldridge says, he's received nothing else besides a condolence letter.

On Wednesday, after the Post wrote a story about the exchange, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told BuzzFeed News the check had been sent, but when asked, did not specify when the check was mailed.

The timing of Trump's donation raised questions because the Post reported Wednesday that White House official initially declined to discuss the events in detail but later told them the check had been sent. "Didn't say it at all", Trump told reporters during a Wednesday meeting on tax reform in the Cabinet Room. La David Johnson, who was killed earlier this month in Niger. Trump said that the man "must have known what he signed up for".

Trump publicly disputed the congresswoman's account of the call in a tweet Wednesday morning, writing, "Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof)".

"I can barely rub two nickels together", he told Trump, The Washington Post reported.

President Trump is under fire for disrespecting military families and making false claims about contacting Gold Star families.

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