To close a side-chapter in President Donald Trump's ongoing existential back-and-forth with Gold Star families, the family of the late Corporal Dillon Baldridge has received President Trump's promised $25,000 check.
I am glad my legal counsel has been able to finally approve this contribution to you. "He was an American hero".
Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, of Zebulon, North Carolina, and two other soldiers were shot dead by an Afghan soldier on June 10 in the Achin district of Nangarhar province.
After receiving the check, Jessie Baldridge told ABC11 she was "speechless". "We didn't take to social media and didn't complain", Jessie Baldridge said.
"There is a substantial process that can involve multiple agencies anytime the President interacts with the public, especially when transmitting personal funds", a White House official said on October 18. "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". "He said, 'No other president has ever done something like this, ' but he said, 'I'm going to do it'".
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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.
According to the Post, Baldridge had told Trump during a condolence call in July that he was frustrated that his son's ex-wife would receive a $100,000 death gratuity from the Pentagon and he would receive nothing.
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Months after promising the father of a fallen USA service member a check for $25,000, President Donald Trump has made good on his word. Of those who would address the question, relatives of nine said they had heard from Trump by phone or mail.
Despite the wait for the check, the Baldridges said they were grateful for the gesture. In an excerpt obtained exclusively by ABC11, the family writes: "We want you to know how grateful we are for this generous gift from you".
Dillon, one of three soldiers killed in Afghanistan during Trump's presidency, was killed after an Afghan Army member fired on USA soldiers.