Trump Promised Gold Star Dad $25,000, Never Sent It
Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, says that President Donald Trump offered him $25,000 in a personal phone call, but never sent it.
Baldridge told The Washington Post:
He said, “I’m going to write you a check out of my personal account for $25,000,” and I was just floored. 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.”
Baldridge also said that Trump promised to tell his staff to set up an online fundraiser for the Baldridge family, but Trump didn’t do that either.
Baldridge’s son and two other soldiers were killed by an Afghan police officer on June 10.
“I said, ‘Me and my wife would rather our son died in trench warfare,’ ” Baldridge recalled. “I feel like he got murdered over there.”
After The Washington Post contacted the White House about Baldridge’s claim, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the check was sent today: “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.”
Trump recently said that he has “called every family of somebody that’s died, and it’s the hardest call to make,” but The Washington Post interviewed the families of 13 fallen soldiers and half said they had not heard from Trump.