Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Trump Offered Fallen Soldier's Father $25000 but Never Sent It

Trump Offered Fallen Soldier's Father $25000 but Never Sent It

Dillon Baldridge, who was killed by an Afghan police officer in a "suspected insider attack" in June. The two men spoke for about 15 minutes, mostly focused on the elder Baldridge's concerns that his son was shot and killed by someone he was training. During that time, Baldridge mentioned that his ex-wife would receive all their son's $10,000 military survivor benefits, despite the fact that he could "barely rub to nickles together".

Mr Baldridge said that during the call he vented frustration to Mr Trump about a U.S. military survivor benefits programme. 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.

Bainbridge said he later received a formal condolence letter from the White House. "I know it was kind of far-fetched thinking", he said. Everyone knows that when we go to war, we may not return alive, but you should not say this to a grieving widow, " she continued.

"The cheque has been sent", White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in an email. Presidents George Bush and Obama, none of them behaved like this guy.

"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", a White House spokeswoman told the Post.

According to Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson of Florida, Trump called Myeshia Johnson Tuesday and said her husband "knew what he signed up for".

Trump offered Chris Baldridge, 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.

He said the profound pain relatives experience when they lose a loved one in combat deserves more sensitivity and respect.

Trump has faced criticism in recent days after he claimed to have called "every family of someone who's died" and asserted that past presidents had not.

The President has faced scrutiny over how often he calls or writes to parents or spouses of military personnel killed. I said this man has no feelings for anyone. The soldier believed that Trump helped initiate some changes that have enabled commanders to make more progress against the militants in Afghanistan.

"I think that Aaron would be very upset if anything was manipulated to show that he didn't support Trump and that he wasn't appreciative of the things that he did do, because he was", the brother said.

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. "I'd rather have him back than any dollar amount", he said.

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