WaPo: Trump Stiffed a Local Gold Star Family Out of $25000

WaPo: Trump Stiffed a Local Gold Star Family Out of $25000

The White House didn't elaborate on the conversation between Trump and Baldridge, but a spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a statement that "the check has been sent". The Post reported that White House officials declined to discuss the matter when contacted Wednesday morning.

That is the message from the White House today after the father of a slain US Army sergeant said a generous offer from President Donald Trump had not materialised.

The controversy over the president's treatment of military families has snowballed since Monday, when Trump during a press conference tried to deflect criticism over the White House's two-week delay in contacting the families of four U.S. soldiers killed in Niger.

President Barack Obama said in 2011 that he'd done it. One said Trump had not called but that they knew the late soldier would not want his death politicized. His accusation that most presidents did not call families of military personnel is provoking a heated response.

Follow up reporting by a number of outlets show that he hasn't called every family and that when he did, it didn't always go well. 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.

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

Kelly is "intensely private about not only his own service but certainly what happened to his son", Panetta said. "I'm so distraught by those words he said", Brooks told The News. Check not included."I know it was kind of far-fetched thinking", he said.

Baldridge says he has subsequently received anything from the White House except a "condolence letter".

Trump's 5-minute call came as Johnson was on her way to Miami International Airport - just before her husband's body arrived from overseas, said Wilson, who was accompanying the family.

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Jones-Johnson says she was in the auto and "the statement is true".

Trump allies said that criticism of the president's comments did not describe the man they know. 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.

Johnson's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the congresswoman's account was correct. Trump has denied the claims.

Still, Sanders acknowledged that no action taken by a president to console the family of a killed service member can be adequate to make up for the family's loss and blamed the media for taking the president's comments out of context. Four families said they have not received a call and were upset.

The family spoke with Vice President Mike Pence at a ceremony honoring the return of the soldier's remains. "It's very regrettable that the president made a decision to throw him into the argument".

"It wasn't a mean letter", she told the AP.

"I'm so upset, so upset with that guy telling so much lies".

"When I listen to what the President is saying, I want to fight", Brooks told The News.

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