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Published: Wed, October 25, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Family of Fallen Solider Finally Receives $25000 Check from Trump

Family of Fallen Solider Finally Receives $25000 Check from Trump

The check was dated October 18, the same day The Washington Post story was released. According to the official, it requires a "substantial process" in order for the president to make good on a monetary promise of such a large magnitude, and that multiple agencies may have been involved in the transmitting of personal funds from Trump to Baldridge.

The family of a soldier killed in Afghanistan received a $25,000 personal check from President Trump - months after he'd offered it and dated the day The Washington Post asked about it.

"I'm still speechless", Jessie Baldridge told ABC11's Jonah Kaplan.

Dillon's stepmother Jessie Baldridge told Zebulon's WTVD the family plans to launch a foundation in his name to ensure his legacy of service lives on.

White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters said it was "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 was an American hero", the president wrote. Dillon Baldridge. On Monday, the president followed through with his pledge amid media scrutiny that he had yet to send a check.

The check, obtained by ABC-11 TV in North Carolina, was made out to Sgt. Dillon Baldridge's father, Chris Baldridge, and was issued from Trump's personal account.

"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", spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said. The White House spokeswoman also stated that it was "disgusting" that the media has manipulated something "generous and sincere" done by the president into something created to "advance the media's biased agenda" against Trump.

"I could not believe he was saying that, and I wish I had it recorded because the man did say this", Baldridge said at the time.

It's not clear if Trump made similar offers to the families of other fallen soldiers.

In a letter to the Baldridges also published by ABC11, Trump alludes to the delay as being linked to legal hurdles.

"I think I've called every family of someone who's died", Trump said, then adding, "virtually everybody".

Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt.

"We want you to know how grateful we are for this generous gift from you", the letter said. The Taliban took responsibility for the attack that killed Baldridge and claimed one of its terrorists "infiltrated" the army to carry out the ambush, which killed two other soldiers.

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