Trump Promised Fallen Soldier’s Family $25,000 But Never Spared A Dime
A new report on Wednesday revealed that Donald Trump offered $25,000 to the family of fallen Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, who died in a June 10 attack by Afghan police. But according to the family, Trump never followed through on his promise.
According to the Washington Post, Chris Baldridge, Dillon’s father, spoke with Trump for about 15 minutes following his death.
“I said, ‘Me and my wife would rather our son died in trench warfare,’” Baldridge told the Post. “I feel like he got murdered over there.”
During the call, the grieving dad told Trump about his frustration with the military’s survivor benefits program. The president’s reply shocked him.
“He said, ‘I’m going to write you a check out of my personal account for $25,000,’ and I was just floored,” Baldridge said. “I could not believe he was saying that, and I wish I had it recorded because the man did say this. He said, ‘No other president has ever done something like this,’ but he said, ‘I’m going to do it.’”
But Trump never did it. He never gave a dime to the Baldridge family.
According to White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters, the check is in the mail. Walters, who spoke with the Post, called the media “disgusting” for reporting about the check.
“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,” Walters said.