Family says Trump sent $25K promised after soldier's death

2017-10-25 07:04
(Evan Vucci, AP)

(Evan Vucci, AP)

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Zebulon - President Donald Trump has sent a $25 000 cheque months after promising the gift during a June condolence call to a North Carolina man whose son was killed in Afghanistan.

Christopher and Jesse Baldridge of Zebulon confirmed receiving the cheque that Trump pledged after Army Sgt Dillon Baldridge was killed in Afghanistan, television stations WTVD and WRAL reported. 

The Washington Post last Wednesday quoted Christopher Baldridge as saying the cheque hadn't come since the president called about his son. The cheque bore the date that the story was published, WTVD reported.

Approve contribution

Jesse Baldridge said the cheque arrived in a FedEx package with a return address from The Trump Organization. The parcel also contained a letter on White House letterhead and Trump's signature. The letter read: "Dear Christopher. I am glad my legal counsel has been able to finally approve this contribution to you. Enclosed is a cheque for $25 000. I hope this will make things a bit easier, but nothing will ever replace your son, Dillon. He was an American hero".

Jessie Baldridge said the couple never really expected Trump to send the cheque.

"We got a condolence letter from him and there was no cheque and we kind of joked about it," she told WTVD. "We didn't take to social media and didn't complain".

The couple plan to use the money to start a foundation honouring Dillon's legacy, she said.

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