Trump sends family $25000 after claim of broken promise

Donald Trump has brought up General John Kelly’s dead son Robert to prove a point

A White House official told The Washington Post a check was in the mail to the family of Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, was gunned down in Afghanistan earlier this year, Chris Baldridge said he received a phone call from the president in which Trump said, as the Washington Post reports, "offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family".

"The check has been sent". She did, however, insist "t$3 he check has been sent", adding: "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". Chris Baldridge said he spoke to Trump on the phone after his son, Army Cpl.

Baldridge said he did receive a letter from the administration after his Juna call with Trump, but there was no check inside.

In the past 48 hours, Donald Trump has managed to get himself stuck in a particularly problematic corner when it comes to his office's responsibilities and the USA military.

"I mean, if you're going to make a gesture like that, I just feel like you need to come through with it, you know", Chris Baldridge said. "But I was like, 'Damn, no check.' Just a letter saying 'I'm sorry'".

On Tuesday, Trump boasted that he has called "virtually" all the families of fallen service members since he's been president and claimed, erroneously, that "most" other presidents have not placed calls. Baldridge's mother Jessie Baldridge said that family actually never expected Trump to follow through and ultimately began treating it as a joke. "If you look at President Obama and other presidents, majority didn't make calls ... a lot of them didn't make calls".

Then, on Wednesday, Mr Trump denied an account by congresswoman Frederica Wilson of Florida, who said the President told a grieving widow that her husband knew "what he signed up for".

Also on Wednesday, Trump feuded with a congresswoman over her account of a call he made to the widow of a soldier killed in Niger earlier this month.

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"I think that Gen. Kelly is disgusted by the way that this has been politicized and that the focus has become on the process and not the fact that American lives were lost".

The White House said it was "disgusting" that the media would exploit the issue.

"I didn't say what that congresswoman said", Mr Trump told reporters.

Trump says Wednesday before a meeting at the White House that he "didn't say it at all".

The Washington Post contacted 13 families of the 20 soldiers killed and said about half of them did not hear from the president.

"President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband", Ms Jones-Johnson said.

Trump is also not the first president to be tardy in sending a promised check.

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