Trump offered a grieving military father $25000 in a phone call

Trump offered a grieving military father $25000 in a phone call

Trump offered a grieving military father $25000 in a phone call

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 U.S. president Donald Trump called him and their conversation lasted for 15 minutes.

Chris Baldridge's son, Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, was killed in June during a suspected insider attack by an Afghan police officer.

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 told the paper.

Mr Trump vehemently denied the Congresswoman's interpretation of the conversation and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later commented that "just because the President said 'your guy, ' I don't think that means he doesn't know his name".

White House officials told NBC News that the check was sent to the Baldridge family, but it was delayed because of a problem in the approval process.

"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", Walters said. Baldridge's mother Jessie Baldridge said that family actually never expected Trump to follow through and ultimately began treating it as a joke.

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. She said she overheard Trump's words. "I know it was kind of far-fetched thinking".

Trump said he would direct his staff to set up an online fundraiser for the father as well-but that never happened either.


"We just thought he was saying something nice", she told WTVD, a local TV station, in North Carolina.

This revelation comes amid a shaky week for Trump and military families.

But Mr Bainbridge told the newspaper the money never arrived, only a condolence letter.

Initially, the White House didn't respond to the Post's request for comment, but spokesperson Lindsay Walters replied after the story was published.

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

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.

Trump, asked by reporters about an earlier tweet saying he had "proof " of what he said, the president said: "let her (Wilson) make her statement again and you'll find out".

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

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