Trump sends check to fallen soldier's father

Gladys Abbott
October 20, 2017

His father, Chris Baldridge, of Zebulon, North Carolina, told the Washington Post Wednesday that Trump offered his family a $25,000 check when his wife told the president that they were having trouble getting their son's survivor benefit package.

Chris Baldridge was promised the sum by the President after his 22-year-old son Dillon was killed by an Afghan police officer in June.

Jessie Baldridge told WTVD that no amount of money would replace what they had lost when Dillon was killed, and stressed that neither she nor her husband are upset with Trump, but they are feeling flustered with the amount of media attention their family is receiving.

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 Trump vehemently denied the Congresswoman's interpretation of the conversation and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later commented that "just because the President said 'your guy, ' I don't think that means he doesn't know his name".

The Washington Post contacted the White House on Wednesday morning, October 18 to discuss the details about the said conversation. "It's disgusting that the media is taking something that should be recognized as a generous and honest gesture, made privately by the President, and using it to advance the media's biased agenda", White House spokeswoman, Lindsay Walters said on a statement released on October 18, in the afternoon. Baldridge's mother Jessie Baldridge said that family actually never expected Trump to follow through and ultimately began treating it as a joke. La David Johnson, who was killed with three other US soldiers in Niger last month-veteran's groups are among the many voices saying they are appalled by Trump's behavior in recent days.

"We were kind of joking about it", she said.

A White House spokeswoman said the media was advancing a "biased agenda" by following up on the Baldridge story. "I did not say what she said".

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"A lot of them didn't make calls", Mr Trump had said.

But Mr Bainbridge told the newspaper the money never arrived, only a condolence letter.

Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida said Trump told Myeshia Johnson - the widow of Sgt.

Sgt. La David Johnson was among four servicemen killed in the African nation of Niger earlier this month.

"[I've] called every family of somebody that's died, and it's the hardest call to make", said Trump Monday.

He also told reporters to ask Gen. John Kelly about whether former president Barack Obama called him about his son, who died from a landmine in Afghanistan in 2010.

Mr Trump is not the first president to be accused of breaking his word to a grieving family.

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