Donald Trump's cheque for slain soldier's family 'sent' after family questions whereabouts

Donald Trump's cheque for slain soldier's family 'sent' after family questions whereabouts

Donald Trump's cheque for slain soldier's family 'sent' after family questions whereabouts

President Trump spoke with Baldridge's father, Chris, and at some point during the phone call, Trump promised to donate $25,000 out of his personal bank account to help the grieving family, only the money never came through. Baldridge and two other soldiers were killed by an Afghan police officer in mid-June.

If you are keeping score (it's really hard to) Trump reportedly made this fateful phone call back in June after Chris was killed in battle that month.

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

Mr Baldridge, a construction worker, said he also expressed frustration with the military's survivor benefits programme: Cpl Baldridge's ex-wife was listed as his beneficiary, so she would receive the Pentagon's $100,000 death gratuity, even though Mr Baldridge said "I can barely rub two nickels together".

"The cheque has been sent", White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in an email. She did, however, insist "t$3 he check has been sent", adding: "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". Dillon Baldridge's stepmother, Jessie Baldridge, said she and her husband, Chris Baldridge of Zebulon, North Carolina, did not expect the president to actually deliver on his promise to send a check. 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.

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

But then, Baldridge told the Post, the only thing he subsequently received from the White House was a letter of condolence; no check. "But I was like, 'Damn, no check.' Just a letter saying 'I'm sorry'".

He was referring to when White House Chief of Staff and retired Marines General John Kelly's son Robert, a Marine Second Lieutenant, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010.

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"It makes me proud", he said. "The comments were certainly, I think, taken very far out of context by the media", she said.

Separately, Trump has feuded with a congresswoman over her account of a call he made to the widow of another soldier.

Sergeant Johnson was one of the soldiers killed in Niger.

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

Johnson's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the congresswoman's account was correct.

"President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband", Jones-Johnson told The Post.

Asked by reporters about an earlier tweet saying he had "proof" of what he said, Mr Trump said: "Let her [Wilson] make her statement again and you'll find out".

Like other presidents, Donald Trump has made personal contact with some families of the fallen and not all.

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