Trump offered grieving military father $25k

Gladys Abbott
October 21, 2017

President Trump promised the father of an army corporal slain in Afghanistan a $25,000 check and a fundraiser to support his family, but failed to deliver on either account, The Washington Post reports.

And there's ample evidence presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush pulled their weight in offering condolences, contrary to Trump's assertions. Trump had taken flak for taking too long to make a public statement about the four USA soldiers who were killed in an ambush in Niger on October 4.

It can be noted that Donald Trump revealed this week that he has spent effort in calling every family of somebody that has died and said that it is the hardest call to make. At least two never got a call or letter, and another family received no call. Dillon Baldridge, who was killed by an Afghan police officer in a "suspected insider attack" in June.

Donald Trump has sent a cheque for $25,000 to the father of a dead US Army Sergeant, after initially failing to pay out after making the offer.

She says Trump had spoken with Kelly "multiple times", but adds: "I'm not sure if he knew of that specific comment, but they have certainly spoken about it".

Mr Baldridge, from North Carolina, said he would have preferred his son died in "trench warfare", adding: "I feel like he got murdered over there". The Washington Post contacted the White House on Wednesday morning, October 18 to discuss the details about the said conversation. "I know it was kind of far-fetched thinking".

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"I didn't say what that congresswoman said".

The Associated Press reached out to the families of all 43 people who have died in military service since Mr Trump became President. La David Johnson. The congresswoman said the comments were disrespectful.

Trump denied that he ever said that. "The check has been in the pipeline since the president's initial call with the father".

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., said that Trump called Johnson's widow, Myeshia Johnson, on Tuesday and said that her husband "knew what he was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway". About half had received phone calls, they said.

The family did speak with Vice President Mike Pence, who grew up in the same southern in city, at the ceremony honouring the return of the soldier's remains at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Etienne J. Murphy was killed in Syria on May 26, ended up writing the president when she didn't hear from him. Washington forwarded the letter to John Hancock, noting that he wasn't sure what provision had been made for people in her situation but hoped to be able to answer her.

"I said to my daughter, 'Can you teach me to tweet, so I can tweet at the president and tell him he's a liar?'" he said. "I told him I'm trying to be here for my grandkids, but some days I don't want to live".

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