Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

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WASHINGTON ― The White House said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump sent a personal check for $25,000 ― belatedly, it appears ― to a grieving father whose son was killed serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

The US President made the offer in a telephone call with Chris Baldridge, the dad of army sergeant Dillon, 22, who died along with two other comrades after being shot by an Afghan police officer on 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. Because his ex-wife was listed as their son's beneficiary, she was expected to receive the Pentagon's $100,000 death gratuity - even though "I can barely rub two nickels together", he told Trump.

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

Mr Trump vehemently denied the Congresswoman's interpretation of the conversation and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later commented that "just because the President said 'your guy, ' I don't think that means he doesn't know his name". "I know it was kind of far-fetched thinking", he said. "But I was like, 'Damn, no check.' Just a letter saying 'I'm sorry, '" he told the Post.

When asked about the account, White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters refused to comment specifically on Baldridge's story.

"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", Walters said.

"The check has been sent", she said, according to The Post.

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The grieving dad said he wished he could offer comfort to Sgt. Johnson's pregnant widow, Myeshia Johnson, who was photographed crying over her husband's flag-draped casket on Tuesday.

Like those of Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Cpl.

To his surprise, he said, the president offered to send a personal cheque and set up an online fundraiser.

"The president's call, as accounted by multiple people in the room, believe that the president was completely respectful, very sympathetic, and expressed the condolences of himself and the rest of the country, and thanked the family for their service, commended them for having an American hero in their family", Sanders told reporters Wednesday. "Wilson said that Trump remarked on the phone, "'But you know he must have known what he signed up for.'".

At least nine families of the 43 soldiers killed in action during the Trump administration have not been contacted by the President - a revelation that will add to the furore surrounding his alleged insensitivity to the widow of a Green Beret who lost his life in Niger.

"If you look at President Obama and other presidents - a lot of them didn't make calls".

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