Trump Offered $25000 to Dad of Deceased Soldier, But It Never Came

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But Mr Baldridge was left disappointed after later receiving a letter of condolence and no cheque, as promised.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that Kelly is frustrated that "the focus has become on the process and not that American lives were lost".

Trump and Baldridge talked about the manner of his son's death, according to the newspaper. "But I was like, 'Damn, no check.' Just a letter saying 'I'm sorry'".

First, the Department of Defense notifies the next of kin.

The White House has responded to that claim saying, "the [cheque] has been sent". Once done, the president reaches out to the family.

This revelation comes amid a shaky week for Trump and military families. Not the president, he says, and not anyone from the Trump Administration, in the two months since 30-year-old Army Sergeant Roshain Brooks died fighting ISIS in Iraq, after his own artillery misfired. The Post spoke to thirteen of those families; about half said they had never heard from him.

The conservation then shifted to Baldridge's complaints about the military's survivor benefits policy.

Some have not, and feel let down about it. The president under figurative fire for his call to the pregnant widow of Sgt.

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Hunter was 23 and from Columbus, Indiana.

Baldridge said that after the president made his $25,000 offer, he joked with Trump that he would bail him out if he got arrested for helping. An additional family said that it had corresponded with the White House, but declined to elaborate. He adds: "I had a very nice conversation with the woman, the wife, who sounded like a lovely woman". After Johnson died this month in Niger, Trump allegedly said Johnson "knew what he signed up for", according to Wilson and Johnson's mother.

"The money doesn't mean anything to me at all - not even a little", she said. He also vowed to create an online fundraising campaign for the family. Although Trump claims that he has spoken to every family of a soldier killed in combat on his watch, the Post's reporting indicates this isn't actually the case.

Jones-Johnson says she was in the auto and "the statement is true". Jones-Johnson said she did not record the conversation.

Trump disputed the account, saying on Twitter Wednesday that he had proof the comments were fabricated.

Like other presidents, Donald Trump has made personal contact with some families of the fallen and not all. One said Trump had not called but that they knew the late soldier would not want his death politicized. Check not included."I know it was kind of far-fetched thinking", he said.

But AP finds that Trump has not in fact spoken with the families of all the war dead on his watch. "Never got a call", Brooks said.

In 2016, President Barack Obama was prodded into sending a donation by cheque to a foundation set up by the family of slain U.S. hostage Kayla Mueller.