Trump sends check to fallen soldier's father

Trump sends check to fallen soldier's father

Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Sgt. Dillon Baldrige, who died after gunned down by the Agfhan police officer on June 10, shared to Washington Post that USA president Donald Trump called him and their conversation lasted for 15 minutes. Baldridge and two other soldiers were killed by an Afghan police officer in mid-June.

During his call with Trump, Baldridge, who is a construction worker, said he was frustrated with the military's survivor benefits program, which sends a death gratuity of $100,000 to the beneficiary.

He said, 'I'm going to write you a check out of my personal account for $25,000, ' and I was just floored. "But I was like, 'Damn, no check.' Just a letter saying 'I'm sorry'". "He said, "No other president has ever done something like this", but he said, "I'm going to do it".

The timing of Trump's donation raised questions because the Post reported Wednesday that White House official initially declined to discuss the events in detail but later told them the check had 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. Baldridge's mother Jessie Baldridge said that family actually never expected Trump to follow through and ultimately began treating it as a joke.

The new report comes as Trump faces major backlash for his comments to the widow of a soldier killed in Niger.

"I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife who ... sounded like a lovely woman", he said. "I know it was kind of far-fetched thinking", he said. When asked about the account, White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters refused to comment specifically on Baldridge's story. "I did not say what she said".

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"The money doesn't mean anything to me at all-not even a little", she said. "I'd rather have him back than any dollar amount", he said.

"A lot of them didn't make calls", Mr Trump had said. "Didn't say it at all", Trump told reporters during a Wednesday meeting on tax reform in the Cabinet Room. But as of yet, Chris Baldridge has only received a condolence letter.

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

The recent controversy began with the deaths of Staff Sergeants Bryan Black, Jeremiah Johnson, Dustin Wright and Sergeant La David T Johnson, who were patrolling with Niger troops when they were ambushed by militants thought to be affiliated with terror group Isis.

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. "All of the individuals that the president has been presented with through the proper protocol have been contacted through that process".

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