Like those of Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Cpl. 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.
A check for $25,000 from President Donald Trump to the family of a slain soldier is in the mail, the White House says - after the solider's family said they had never received the promised money. At least two never got a call or letter, and another family received no call.
Mr Trump made the claims in response to questions about why he had not publicly spoken about four servicemen killed in the African nation of Niger earlier this month. "I know it was kind of far-fetched thinking".
While trying to save face in a press conference on Monday, Trump claimed former President Barack Obama and other presidents didn't call the families of fallen soldiers, which is untrue. "But I was like, 'Damn, no check.' Just a letter saying 'I'm sorry'". "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", White House spokeswoman, Lindsay Walters said on a statement released on October 18, in the afternoon.More news: Minnesota Granted Real ID Extension
A White House spokeswoman says Chief of Staff John Kelly is "disgusted" that dealing with military deaths has become "politicized".
"The President has personally followed up several times to ensure that the cheque was being sent".
When Trump did eventually make a call to the grieving family of La David T. Johnson on Tuesday as his family was en route to greet his body, Trump reportedly told the family that Johnson "knew what he was getting into."
Word of the pledge to Chris Baldridge comes as Trump faces growing scrutiny of his handling of "Gold Star families" as president.
In his call with Trump, Baldridge, a construction worker, expressed frustration with the military's survivor benefits program.More news: Ask Kelly whether Obama called after his son was killed in action
The serviceman's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Associated Press Wednesday that the congresswoman's account was correct.
In 2016, President Barack Obama was prodded into sending a donation by cheque to a foundation set up by the family of slain U.S. hostage Kayla Mueller.
"President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband", Ms Jones-Johnson said.
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