Trump Offered Fallen Soldier's Father $25000 but Never Sent It

Cheryl Sanders
October 20, 2017

According to Chris Baldridge, the father of Army corporal Dillon Baldridge, who was killed by an Afghan police officer on June 10, the president told him, "I'm going to write you a check out of my personal account for $25,000".

Uvince Brooks, 58, said his family hasn't received a call or a condolence letter from the White House since 30-year-old Army Sgt. Roshain Brooks lost his life August 13 to an artillery blast.

"I said, 'Me and my wife would rather our son died in trench warfare, ' " Baldridge said.

Trump reportedly then offered the $25,000 and adds another dimension to his relation with Gold Star families.

WRAL reached out to the White House for comment, but did not receive a response.

"The check has been sent".

The White House confirms it sent the check out as the Washington Post was reporting the story.

But Baldridge said the only thing he subsequently received from the White House was a letter of condolence.

President Donald Trump's chief of staff says he is "stunned" and "broken hearted" by the criticism of Trump's call to the family of an Army sergeant killed in Niger. "The comments were certainly, I think, taken very far out of context by the media", she said.

One woman who lost her step-son said: "We will not speak ill of a President who adores his troops". "A member of Congress who listened in on a phone call from the president of the United States to a young wife and in his way tried to express that opinion that he's a courageous man, a fallen hero". Obama had first said he'd make a donation 18 months earlier and in a letter to the family past year said the delay had been a mistake.

President Trump called the account "fabricated" in a Twitter post, but La David Johnson's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Associated Press that Rep. Wilson's account was correct.

Quinn Butler, whose 27-year-old brother, Aaron, was killed in August by an explosion in Afghanistan, said that their parents received numerous letters from generals and other leaders, but no call or letter from Trump. Most said they appreciated the gesture.

Jessie Baldridge, stepmother of the slain soldier, told local media the family feels no resentment towards Mr Trump over the delay.

Sgt. Roshain Brooks, 30, was killed in action in Iraq on August 13, 2017. It overshadowed any talk of Trump's legislative priorities and instead recalled his history of feuding with military families or even, as in the case of Senator John McCain, a war hero.

Brooks recalled his son as a dedicated soldier who loved his country. "You know when you hear people lying, and you want to fight?"

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