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


Chris Baldridge told The Washington Post that Mr Trump offered his family $US25,000 after the death of his 22-year-old son at the hands of an Afghan police officer in June.

"I was just floored", said Mr Baldridge, of Zebulon, North Carolina. "But I was like, 'Damn, no check.' Just a letter saying 'I'm sorry'". In the case of Baldridge's son, that sum was slated to go to his ex-wife even though Baldridge said he could "barely rub two nickels together". But as of yet, Chris Baldridge has only received a condolence letter.

"I didn't say what that congresswoman said". "I know it was kind of far-fetched thinking", he said.

A White House spokesperson, speaking on background, said the check has been "in the pipeline" since the President's conversation with the father.

The White House told the Post 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", a White House spokeswoman told the Post.

However, it was about four months between Trump's promise to give the money and the time it was sent to the Baldridge family. Obama later described the delay as an oversight.

Word of the pledge to Chris Baldridge comes as Trump faces growing scrutiny of his handling of "Gold Star families" as president. Trump said that the man "must have known what he signed up for".

He offered no evidence to back up his claim and it was immediately shown to be false.

Trump denied that he ever said that.

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Kelly's son Robert died when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan in 2010.

In his call with Trump, Baldridge, a construction worker, expressed frustration with the military's survivor benefits program.

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

A Florida congresswoman said previously that Trump made the statement to Myeshia Johnson on Tuesday during a telephone call as she was on the way to Miami International Airport to meet the body of her husband, Sgt.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that Kelly is frustrated that "the focus has become on the process and not that American lives were lost".

Johnson's mother also called the president's comments disrespectful. But he didn't actually make the donation until months later - after reporters hounded him about it.

The White House condemned Ms Wilson's claims as "appalling and disgusting".

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.