A reporter from CNN just looked into that infamous $25,000 check President Trump promised to send the father of a fallen soldier. The father of Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge spoke with Trump after his son’s death, at which time the financial situation of Baldridge was mentioned, and the president said:
“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, but I’m going to do it.”
That check, however, never made it to Chris Baldridge, and Trump was called out on that Wednesday afternoon when the media caught wind of the story.
According to Washington Post:
“Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, told The Washington Post that Trump called him at his home in Zebulon, N.C., a few weeks after his 22-year-old son and two fellow soldiers were gunned down by an Afghan police officer in a suspected insider attack June 10. Their phone conversation lasted about 15 minutes, Baldridge said, and centered for a time on the father’s struggle with the manner in which his son was killed.”
Soon after that story went viral, a White House spokesperson released the following statement:
“The check has been sent. It’s disgusting that the media is taking something that should be recognized as a generous and sincere gesture, made privately by the President, and using it to advance the media’s biased agenda.”
Now, CNN reporter Hadas Gold says that the check in question was not sent out until today, Wednesday afternoon.
Per @kaitlancollins the $25k check Trump promised to the family of a fallen soldier over the summer was sent today.
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) October 18, 2017
Pretty typical tricks from the White House.