The $25,000 check President Donald Trump promised to the family of a fallen soldier was finally sent out, but some social media users pointed out that the check was signed on the same date that The Washington Post published the article revealing Trump’s unfulfilled promise.
On Oct. 18, The Washington Post ran a story detailing the phone call conversation between Trump and 22-year-old Army Sergeant Dillon C. Baldridge’s father, Chris Baldridge.
Chris said this shocked the president. Trump then made a promise to Chris and Jessie Baldridge that he would help them out.
“He said, ‘I’m going to write you a check out of my personal account for $25,000,’ and I was just floored,” Chris told The Washington Post. “I could not believe he was saying that, and I wish I had it recorded because the man did say this. He said, ‘No other president has ever done something like this,’ but he said, ‘I’m going to do it.’”
The check was received on Oct. 23, even though the phone call occurred in July, WTVD reported. It came with a letter from Trump in which the president attributed the delay to getting approval from his legal counsel.
“I’m still speechless,” Jessie told WTVD. “We are so moved and grateful, and we promise to use the money to honor Dillon’s legacy.”
“We just thought he was saying something nice,” Jessie said of Trump’s promise back in July. “We got a condolence letter from him (a few weeks later) and there was no check, and we kind of joked about it. We didn’t take to social media and didn’t complain.”
But photos of the check began circulating on social media. Some users pointed out that the check was signed on the same day The Washington Post ran the article revealing that Trump promised the military family $25,000 and then never sent the check.
“You understand the check was written same day [The Washington Post] reported on unfulfilled promise, right? That’s the story,” wrote one Twitter user.
“Interesting how the legal counsel’s approval came around the same time news reported [Trump] didn’t keep his promise,” wrote another.
“The check’s date is the same as the story breaking. If this wasn’t reported on – it’d have never happened,” another user wrote.
“Good work by the media outting Trump on this one and forcing his hand,” added another.
Still, the Baldridges remain happy with the outcome.
“We want you to know how grateful we are for this generous gift from you,” they wrote in a thank you letter to the White House. “We also want you to know that we intend to use this money to start a nonprofit organization in Dillon’s name into something you can be proud of … Our goal is to help as many fellow Americans as possible for the rest of our lives.”