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

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

In a statement, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters called it unfair to suggest, as the Post story did, that the president didn't intend to follow up his promise to Baldridge.

Trump initially claimed that only he among presidents made sure to call families.

The father of a soldier killed in Afghanistan was promised a cheque for $25,000 from Donald Trump's own account, only to be left dismayed when weeks passed and no funds were sent.

One year ago, Chris Baldridge saw his son, Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, for the last time.

Asked if Trump politicized Kelly's son's death, Sanders says, "He was responding to a question and stating a fact".

"I could not believe he was saying that, and I wish I had it recorded because the man did say this", Baldridge said.

And in a White House meeting on tax overhaul, Trump said that he "didn't say what that congresswoman said, didn't say it at all". The Post reported that White House officials declined to discuss the matter when contacted Wednesday morning.

During his call with Trump, Baldridge, who is a construction worker, said he was frustrated with the military's survivor benefits program, which sends a death gratuity of $100,000 to the beneficiary.

U.S. Rep Frederica Wilson told reporters on Tuesday that Trump called Myeshia Johnson on Tuesday and said her husband Sgt.

Trump delivered his first public remarks during a press conference on Monday on the deaths of four USA troops killed in Niger, 12 days after the initial reports surfaced.

Johnson's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the congresswoman's account was correct.

"Disappointed that he at least didn't call and thank me for my son and our ultimate sacrifice", said Mark Hunter, whose 23-year-old son Army Sergeant Jonathon Hunter was killed in Afghanistan in August of this year.

Allan Smith contributed reporting to this story. And Trump spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said it was "disgusting" that the news media were casting his "generous and honest gesture" in a negative light.

Trump speaking during a press conference earlier this week. Wilson said she overheard the conversation.

After her Army son died in an armored vehicle rollover in Syria in May, Sheila Murphy says, she got no call or letter from Trump, even as she waited months for his condolences and wrote him that "some days I don't want to live".

Sanders said Wednesday that there is a protocol created by the White House Military Office for the president to contact the families.

President Donald Trump reportedly offered a military father $25,000 after his son was killed - but then didn't follow through. Johnson-who was killed along with several others in Niger-Trump allegedly told her that he "knew what he signed up for" and cause her to cry.

It is unclear why Mr Trump offered a personal check for that amount when family members of fallen soldiers are eligible for payments the Servicemembers Group Life Insurance scheme.



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