Amidst the bubbling scandal today and yesterday, in which Trump insisted that he didn’t call a military widow and tell her that her slain husband “knew what he signed up for,” despite reports to the contrary, increased scrutiny has fallen on Trump’s attitude toward the military in general.
Now, The Washington Post has broken the story alleging that Trump promised $25,000 to the father of a slain serviceman, and then never followed through on the promise.
Chris Baldridge — whose son Corporal Dillon Baldridge was killed in June when an Afghan policeman opened fire on American Army personnel, killing Baldrige and two others — received a phone call from President Trump after his son’s death. Baldrige told The Post that the call was roughly fifteen minutes long, and he confided in Trump that he and his wife were struggling with the manner in which their son died since it was more akin to a murder than a combat death.
Baldrige went on to tell the president that he was frustrated with the financial compensation provided by the military to bereaved families. Because of the way in which the beneficiary forms had been filled out, Baldrige would receive none of the $100,000 compensation, which would instead go to his ex-wife.
“I can barely rub two nickels together,” Baldrige reportedly told Trump. To which the president responded, “I’m going to write you a check out of my personal account for $25,000. No other president has ever done something like this. I’m going to do it.” Baldridge was shocked by the seemingly generous offer. Trump never followed through on the financial promise, and instead, the White House simply sent the mourning father a condolence letter.
“I opened it up and read it, and I was hoping to see a check in there, to be honest. I know it was kind of far-fetched thinking. But I was like, ‘Damn, no check.’ Just a letter saying ‘I’m sorry,’” Baldrige said. The White House refused to respond to the Post regarding the story.
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