Father of Slain Soldier: Trump Didn't Send Promised $25K

Check was only sent after man went public
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2017 2:12 AM CDT
Updated Oct 19, 2017 6:37 AM CDT
Father of Slain Soldier Says Trump Promised $25K, Didn't Pay Up
An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Sgt. Dillon C. Baldridge at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Monday, June 12, 2017.   (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

The father of a soldier killed in Afghanistan in June says he was "floored" when President Trump promised to write him a check for $25,000—but it never arrived. Chris Baldridge tells the Washington Post that when Trump called a few weeks after his son, Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge was killed, he told the president that he and his wife were struggling to deal with the fact that their son and two others were killed by a rogue Afghan police officer instead of in battle. Baldridge, a construction worker in North Carolina, says Trump offered him $25,000 after he complained that his son's $100,000 death benefit would go to his ex-wife instead of his parents, even though he can "barely rub two nickels" together.

"He said, 'I'm going to write you a check out of my personal account for $25,000,' and I was just floored," Baldridge says. "He said, 'No other president has ever done something like this.'" But no check arrived in the following months, and Baldridge says Trump also failed to follow through on a promise to have his staff set up an online fundraiser. CNN reports that when asked about Baldridge's case Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the check "has been sent." "It's disgusting that the media is taking something that should be recognized as a generous and sincere gesture, made privately by the president, and using it to advance the media's biased agenda," she said. (Trump is feuding with another Gold Star family.)

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