Gold Star father: Trump Was Respectful

President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visit Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Va

Trump's relationship with families of fallen soldiers has been scrutinized in recent days-particularly after he falsely claimed that President Barack Obama did not call family members of soldiers who were killed in action.

It comes amid a row over the President's reported remarks to the widow of a soldier who was killed in action in Niger this month, Sergeant La David Johnson.

Reagan also apparently sent a $50 check in 1986 to an 11-year-old girl who'd written the White House saying she wanted to help the homeless.

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

In Baldridge's father's case, when he expressed his frustration that the $100,000 death gratuity was going to go to his ex-wife-who was his son's beneficiary-he said the president made him a promise that shocked him.

The conservation then shifted to Baldridge's complaints about the military's survivor benefits policy.

Though Baldridge has said the money never arrived, the White House told the Post that the check, "a generous and honest gesture, made privately by the President", was in the mail.

Mr Trump immediately said he would write Mr Baldridge a cheque for $25,000.

She says Trump had spoken with Kelly "multiple times", but adds: "I'm not sure if he knew of that specific comment, but they have certainly spoken about it".

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Chris Baldridge previously told The Washington Post he appreciated the president's call and was stunned by his generosity. When asked about the account, White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters refused to comment specifically on Baldridge's story.

Later Wednesday, the White House confirmed the president's call and gift, insisting "the check has been sent", the Post noted.

He boasts: "I think I've called every family of someone who's died".

But Baldridge said the only thing he subsequently received from the White House was a letter of condolence.

In all, seven Gold Star families contacted by The Post said they have had phone conversations with Trump. Obama and presidents before him made it a practice to not only call but also meet with many Gold Star families. "He said, 'No other president has ever done something like this, ' but he said, 'I'm going to do it'".

The family of Sgt. Cameron Thomas, a 23-year-old Army Ranger killed April 27 in a raid on the Islamic State in Afghanistan, met with Vice President Mike Pence at Dover Air Force in DE as the soldier's casket arrived from overseas.

"The President has personally followed up several times to ensure that the check was being sent". Obama had first said he'd make a donation 18 months earlier and in a letter to the family previous year said the delay had been a mistake. "Didn't say it at all", Trump told reporters during a Wednesday meeting on tax reform in the Cabinet Room.

Baldridge couldn't believe Trump's response.

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