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Trump Picks Up Phone, Grants Dying Man's Wish

'I'm very proud of you,' president tells cystic fibrosis patient Jay Barrett
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 6, 2019 8:23 AM CST
Jay Barrett, right, and his niece, Tianna Greene, pose for a photo at a cheerleading competition in New Haven, Conn., on March 3, 2019.   (Bridgette Hoskie via AP)
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(Newser) – A terminally ill Connecticut man who's a big supporter of President Trump is getting a bucket list wish fulfilled, with help from his "100% Democrat" sister. Jay Barrett, who has cystic fibrosis, left the hospital to begin palliative care at his sister's home last weekend and asked for some sort of contact with the president before he dies, reports the AP. His sister, West Haven City Councilwoman Bridgette Hoskie, went on social media to make it happen. Supporters sent emails to the White House until Barrett, 44, received a call from Trump on Tuesday night. "Mr. President, through thick and thin, you know there's been a lot of thicks, and there's been a lot of thins, I support you," Barrett said. Trump told Barrett he's a "champ," and that a personal letter is coming. "You're my kind of man, Jay. ... I'm very proud of you," Trump said. "I'll talk to you again, Jay, OK? You keep that fight going. We both fight."

Barrett told the New Haven Register that he also received calls from Eric Trump—who "told me they're pulling for me and praying"—and US Department of Housing and Urban Development regional chief Lynne Patton. Patton, who's from New Haven, said she'd deliver Barrett a signed gift from the president on Saturday. Barrett, who for most of his life considered himself an independent, voted for President Obama in 2008, but didn't like many of his policies. Barrett said he came to realize he was a Republican and fell in love with Trump's style at his campaign launch, and later, his policies. His original goal was to get to Washington to meet the president in person and shake his hand, but he said he's grateful for anything. Even though he's supposed to have only six months to live, Barrett said he intends to be around to vote in 2020. (This dying woman wanted only a hat and a milkshake.)


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