President Donald Trump has sent a $25,000 gift to the father of Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, a 22-year-old Army corporal killed in Afghanistan in June, several months after first making the pledge during a personal phone call with the family, the White House confirmed for ABC News.
In an interview with ABC affiliate WTVD, Dillon Baldridge’s stepmother, Jessie Baldridge, said she and her husband, Chris Baldridge of Zebulon, North Carolina, did not expect the president to send a check.
“We were kind of joking about it,” she said. “Like, this summer we were actually hanging out on the porch, and Chris was, like, you know, just hanging out on the porch waiting for a check we’re never going to get. We just thought maybe he was saying something nice.”
Jessie Baldridge told WTVD that no amount of money could replace what they lost when Dillon Baldridge was killed and stressed that neither she nor her husband is upset with Trump but they are feeling flustered by the amount of media attention they are receiving.
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