Donald Trump Personally Offers $25000 to a Grieving Military Father

Ivan Schwartz
October 21, 2017

In an interview with ABC News, Cpl.

"The check has been sent", she said, according to The Post. "He'd just bring out the best in you". "We just thought maybe he was saying something nice".

Mr Baldridge received a call from the president after his son's death. Wilson said she overheard the conversation. "He didn't have to say that".

The Washington Post reported that during the 15-minute call, Trump and Mr Baldridge talked about the manner in which his son was killed by someone he was training. "I could not believe he was saying that, and I wish I had it recorded because the man did say this", Baldridge told the paper. In the case of Baldridge's son, that sum was slated to go to his ex-wife even though Baldridge said he could "barely rub two nickels together".

The White House didn't elaborate on the conversation between Trump and Baldridge, but a spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a statement that "the check has been sent".

"I opened it up and read it, and I was hoping to see a check in there, to be honest", he said.

Ms Wilson said: 'Basically he said, "Well, I guess he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt"'.

"I didn't say what that congresswoman said". Dillon Baldridge, who was shot and killed by an Afghan police officer on June 10 along with two other soldiers.

The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying that an "infiltrator" joined the Afghan army and attacked the U.S. soldiers.

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Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Cpl.

When asked about that comment Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Kelly was frustrated with the media response to the comment.

President Barack Obama said in 2011 that he'd done it. Then, the Pentagon sends information to the White House, which has to then be re-confirmed. "The check has been in the pipeline since the president's initial call with the father. As stated earlier the check has been sent". But he didn't actually make the donation until months later - after reporters hounded him about it.

Trump's offer of $25,000 adds another dimension to the president's relations with Gold Star families, an honorific given to those whose loved ones die while serving in support of the nation's wars.

As the furor over which president did or did not call any given soldier's family after sending them to die during announced and unannounced military engagements in countries most Americans have never heard of continues, President Donald Trump is accused of boorish behavior in the extreme.

But Baldridge said the only thing he subsequently received from the White House was a letter of condolence.

"There is a substantial process that can involve multiple agencies anytime the President interacts with the public, especially when transmitting personal funds", the official said.

Trump claimed this week that he has "called every family of somebody that's died, and it's the hardest call to make".

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