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Trump Offered Family Of Killed Soldier $25000 And Didn't Follow Through

20 October 2017, 01:01 | Lionel James

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Chris Baldridge remembers the call he received from Trump after his son's death, including an offer to give him a personal check for $25,000 after he expressed frustration with the military's casualty benefits. Dillon Baldridge was gunned down along with two other soldiers by an Afghan police officer in what was considered to be an inside job-style attack. Because his ex-wife was listed as their son's beneficiary, she was expected to receive the Pentagon's $100,000 death gratuity - even though "I can barely rub two nickels together", he told Trump.

Mr Trump immediately said he would write Mr Baldridge a cheque for $25,000. One father who spoke with the newspaper said that when he confessed to Trump that he had voted for him, Trump went off "on another tangent", extending the call for about 10 minutes.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told U.S. media hours later: "The cheque has been sent. 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. He intimated that previous presidents, Barack Obama specifically, didn't reach out to families as much as he did.

Trump apparently also made the claim that he has called the families of every soldier who has died since he has been in office, but The Washington Post reported he's spoken with less than half of them. "I know it was kind of far-fetched thinking", he said. Three months after that conversation, Chris Baldridge said he has still not received a check. "Just a letter saying "I'm sorry". "I'd rather have him back than any dollar amount", he said. La David Johnson, one of the four troops killed during a mission in Niger - during a condolence call, "He knew what he signed up for, but when it happens, it hurts anyway".

This revelation comes amid a shaky week for Trump and military families. Rep. Frederica Wilson said she was with Myeshia Johnson Tuesday when Trump called the widow.

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

The Post reported that White House officials declined to discuss the matter when contacted Wednesday morning.

"President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband", said the soldier's mother Cowanda Jones-Johnson to the Post.

Trump is also not the first president to be tardy in sending a promised check.

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".

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