White House says the $25,000 check Trump didn’t send to military father is now in the mailDonald Trump (The White House/Flickr)
- President Donald Trump hasn’t followed through on his offer to give $25,000 to a military father whose son was killed, The Washington Post reported.
- A White House spokeswoman told The Post that the check had been sent.
- Separately, Trump has feuded with a congresswoman over her account of a call he made to the widow of another soldier.
A grieving military father told The Washington Post that President Donald Trump offered him $25,000 after his son was killed but that the president didn’t follow through.
Chris Baldridge’s son, Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, was killed in June during a suspected insider attack by an Afghan police officer.
During a call with the president, The Post reported on Wednesday, Trump offered to write Baldridge a personal check for $25,000 and said he would work to establish an online fundraiser for the family. Neither has yet happened, Baldridge told The Post.
“I could not believe he was saying that, and I wish I had it recorded because the man did say this,” Baldridge said. “He said, ‘No other president has ever done something like this,’ but he said, ‘I’m going to do it.'”
A White House spokeswoman told The Post that the check had now been sent.
Also on Wednesday, Trump feuded with a congresswoman over her account of a call he made to the widow of a soldier killed in Niger earlier this month.
Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida on Tuesday said Trump told Myeshia Johnson — the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four troops killed during a mission in Niger — during a condolence call, “He knew what he signed up for, but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”
Cowanda Jones-Johnson, the soldier’s mother, told The Post earlier on Wednesday that Wilson’s account of the conversation was accurate.
“President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” Jones-Johnson told The Post.
In a tweet on Wednesday morning, Trump publicly disputed the congresswoman’s account of the call, writing: “Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!”
Allan Smith contributed reporting to this story.