The $25,000 check President Donald Trump promised to the family of a fallen soldier was finally sent out, but some social media users pointed out that the check was signed on the same date the Washington Post published the article revealing Trump's unfulfilled promise.
Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, 22, was shot June 10 by an Afghan police officer and his grieving parents, Chris and Jessie Baldridge, of Zebulon, N.C., received a condolence call from Trump a few weeks later in July. "Enclosed is a check for $25,000 - I hope this will make things a bit easier, but nothing will replace your son, Dillon. He was an American hero", the letter read.
According to images published by WTVD, the check was dated October 18, the same day that the Washington Post reported on Trump's promise months earlier to write Chris Baldridge a check from his "personal account".
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"I'm still speechless", Jessie Baldridge, the soldier's mother, told ABC11.
According to White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters, it's "unfair" to insinuate that Trump meant to break his promise just because Chris Baldridge has yet to see any money. "It's disgusting that the media is taking something that should be recognized as a generous and honest gesture, made privately by the president, and using it to advance the media's biased agenda".
"I didn't say what that congresswoman said - didn't say it at all - she knows it", Trump told reporters later Wednesday.
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A White House official said the delay in sending the check was due to "a substantial process that can involve multiple agencies anytime the President interacts with the public, especially when transmitting personal funds".
Nonetheless, the Balbridges are grateful and are now writing a thank you letter to the White House, letting the president know that they plan to start a nonprofit in their son's name. In the case of his fallen soldier son, the gold star dad said it was likely that his ex-wife would most likely be the designee of his $100,000 death benefit.
President Donald Trump. pictured speaking to US service members and their famillies at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, in May, offered to send Christopher Badridgei $25,000 uring a condolence call in July. Trump reportedly responded with an offer of payment from his personal account. The Taliban took responsibility for the attack that killed Baldridge and claimed one of its terrorists "infiltrated" the army to carry out the ambush, which killed two other soldiers.
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"We want you to know how grateful we are for this generous gift from you", they wrote in a thank you letter to the White House.