President Donald Trump offered $25,000 to a grieving Gold Star father in a phone call, but apparently never sent the cash, according to a new Washington Post report.
The Post reported Wednesday that Trump “offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family,” but according to the grieving father, “neither happened.”
From the Post:
Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, told The Washington Post that Trump called him at his home in Zebulon, N.C., a few weeks after his 22-year-old son and two fellow soldiers were gunned down by an Afghan police officer in a suspected insider attack June 10. Their phone conversation lasted about 15 minutes, Baldridge said, and centered for a time on the father’s struggle with the manner in which his son was killed.
Baldridge reportedly told Trump about his family’s financial struggles, and the president made a stunning gesture:
“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.’”
A White House spokeswoman responded to the Post that the “check has been sent,” adding that 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.”
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