FOUR MONTHS LATER: Trump Cuts Promised $25,000 Check For Gold Star Family After Public Shaming

The Washington Post reports:

The White House says President Donald Trump has sent a $25,000 check he promised to the father of an Army sergeant killed in Afghanistan. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Trump offered the money during a telephone conversation with the father of Dillon Baldrige a few weeks after the 22-year-old was killed in Afghanistan on June 10. The Post reported that White House officials declined to discuss the matter when contacted Wednesday morning. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said later Wednesday that the check has been sent.

More from Mediaite:

Kaitlin Collins from CNN noted that his father told the Washington Post that the initial call lasted for “about fifteen minutes” before Trump made the promise to send over a $25,000 personal check “for his loss.” When Baldridge received a letter in the mail months ago from the President, the check was miraculously NOT included. Yes, this would possibly put the check on a four-month plus delay. There has been no update from the White House explaining the impressive delay or whether the check would have been sent without prompting from the Washington Post.

100-1 that check was cut from campaign donations.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    It was easy..he just didn’t pay the contractors for his Scottish golf course.

    • ChrisMorley

      He has two in Scotland, one in Ireland.
      All lose $$$$$.

  • Bluto

    Deducted from PR relief funds is my bet.

    • JW Swift

      Or the V.I.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Trump’s representative is at the airport with the check this very minute.

    All Trump needs is for the Gold Star family to wire him $85 in Amazon Gift cards to cover transfer fees and he’ll direct his staffer to release the check.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    He bragged that no other president had done that. How would he know, and why now not to every Gold Star family? What a loser.

  • Steverino

    Good news: he mailed the check.

    Bad news: it’s printed on rubber.

  • Outlaw Woman

    I will have to lay eyes on the actual cancelled check before I believe it.

    And I don’t want it to be stamped “Insufficient Funds”!

  • safari

    As Joe points out — where’d the money come from?

    • clay

      The Donald J. Trump [legal defense] Fundation?

      • Cuberly Deux

        The RNC?

        • clay

          and . . . we’ve circled back to Joe’s nominee of campaign funds.

          • Cuberly Deux

            Ditto!

    • lattebud

      The Trump Foundation? Ivanka’s purse?

    • Cattleya1

      That is a good point, but I think a better one is how much is it to him. Bloomberg reported that he reported income/revenues of $528 million over a 15.5 month period which included the first 3 months of this year. That annualizes to about $408 million. $25,000 is the equivalent of someone with an annual income of $100,000 giving someone $6.12.

  • Paula

    He loves spending other people’s money. Just, not as much as he likes keeping it.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a0ecb30c51b2985fd289b9975bb32025f6c565765105ac6b34c08ea4f41935db.jpg

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Well, to be fair, who doesn’t?

  • Sam_Handwich

    from what i gather, he didn’t call any of the families of the 4 special forces troops killed until prompted by the media this week

    • safari

      He said he’d do it “within the period”

      • Sam_Handwich

        well i guess he’s on the rag now

      • Cuberly Deux

        Ooooo, lets makeup procedure!

        (sigh)

  • margaretpoa

    Well? Where are the rest of the $25,000 checks? You can’t send 25 grand to one grieving family and not all of the others. Better get to writing.

    • Blake Jordan

      He will have to host a lot more clan rallies to shill for campaign donations… which will then be misappropriated…

  • safari

    25,000 rubles is $435.45

  • Bluto
    • Christopher

      Ha!

      I say this to everyone about the Hubbinator.

  • vorpal 😼
    • JWC

      Hello you how are you doing Sent a couple

    • JWC

      I sincerely hope everything is OK

      • vorpal 😼

        Oh, everything is fine! Sorry, John.
        I had a kind of blehhhhh shitty day, but nothing particularly bad happened. I just didn’t sleep well and was a cranky mess.

        The cats can attest to it!
        How are you, my dear friend?

        • JWC

          That’s what i assumed as my 2 emails more or less stated I was just being nosey and checking on you. You, my friend ,take care and be well

    • greenmanTN

      Yoo-hoo! Mr Tibbs gets a toy…

      https://youtu.be/u2COD30kjrg

      • vorpal 😼

        OMG Tibbs the Total Terror!
        =melts=
        What is that thing he is torturing?
        Thank you for sharing. He is a Studlipuss of a Gentlecat!

        • greenmanTN

          It’s a little stuffed doll of Max from Where The Wild Things Are, dressed in his pajamas and with a tail. I found it in a box, tossed it on the floor, and Tibbsey showed Max what a real wild thing can do.

  • safari

    O/T: I’m not for term limits. But perhaps this man should seriously consider retiring.

    The 79-year-old Cochran appeared frail and at times disoriented during a brief hallway interview on Wednesday. He was unable to answer whether he would remain chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and at one point, needed a staffer to remind him where the Senate chamber is located.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/18/thad-cochran-says-not-retiring-senate-243918

  • Sam_Handwich
    • safari

      I seem to remember the spin that was given to Donald’s response was that he sacrificed by being a businessman.

      • FancyThat

        Donald served differently than most. His “struggle to avoid STD’s” was “his personal Vietnam Nam.”

        • boatboy_srq

          So what’s his viet-nom-nom-nom? Inquiring minds want to know.

          Or, on second thought, maybe not.

          • J Ascher

            A full plate of Lim Dik Gon.

        • RoFaWh

          The real question remains unanswered, however. Namely, was his struggle to avoid STDs successful?

          Given Trump’s behaving rather like someone with tertiary syphilis, one has to wonder about that question.

          • Thorn Spike

            This.

          • FancyThat

            I thought the same thing…. Many historians have suspected that Caligula suffered the same advanced symptoms. I wonder if anyone has ever compared The Great Pumpkinini to Emperor Caligula?

            History.com “One of history’s most iconic bad guys, Caligula ruled Rome for just four
            years but exhibited enough cruelty and lunacy during his brief reign to
            live in infamy.” Oh hell, there’s probably already an anthology and coffee table book on the Trump/Caligula parallels.

            Caligula liked to crash weddings. (not someone you’d want to invite!) I wonder if Pumpkinini ever crashes weddings at his resorts? Wouldn’t THAT be weird?!!

          • Jan Gilleland
        • greenmanTN

          He survived his personal Vietnam and now lives in his own private Idaho.

      • paganguy

        I suspect when Mueller get close enough, Trump might sacrifice a son-in-law, maybe two sons, and a few others.

      • kaydenpat

        Some sacrifice.

      • Todd20036

        I thought he sacrificed by avoiding STDs.

      • popebuck1

        And employing all those people (try to concentrate on the ones who DID get paid).

      • Chris Baker

        You have no idea how risky it is being in the real estate business in New York City. People have literally DIED in the Real Estate business there. It’s a real battlefield.

        And by “DIED” I mean, lost millions of dollars.

        /sarcasm

    • worstcultever

      This is a good thread – Sarah K is always great

    • ChiTownGuy

      Wait. What? There is a Core?

      • safari

        I don’t want to know how many licks it takes to get to the center of him to find out.

      • J Ascher

        Yes, it’s gelatinous and amorphous.

    • Lars Littlefield

      It didn’t cut deep enough. He’s still alive.

      • Ross

        True.

        Damn.

  • worstcultever

    This is all just so fucked up. So now Mob Boss USA Prez decides whose dead soldier kids are worth 25 g’s, and personally pays them? WHAT IN THE GODDAMN FUCK IS GOING ON?

    • safari
    • Sam_Handwich

      it’s all so disgusting and incomprehensible that he would even raise the issue of money

      the military pays a cash benefit to the immediate family, which i believe is in excess of 100k

      • Joe in PA

        Exactly…why the fuck would he even bring up MONEY with the grieving family?

        Oh wait, Trump.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Exactly…why the fuck would he even bring up MONEY with the grieving family?

          To end the conversation. BOR-ING!

          • yup. that to me is the most horrible part of this. why is no one asking ‘why the fuck are there still us troops in af’stan in the first place? what did this young man “die for?” and why would his father let himself get on the phone with this coward who spurned serving in lieu of lying about pain, real pain (bone issues really suck)?’

            anyway, it stinks from top to bottom, how much Wrong there is to this whole little micronarrative of why this country is Doomed.

        • Chris Baker

          Because that’s his mentality. He thinks “What would a really good person do? A really good person would send money. I am a really good person, so I will offer to send money” and then promptly forgets because he wasn’t sincere and thinks “that guy probably knew I was just trying to express sympathy and realizes I really didn’t mean it. I mean, come on, does he really think I would send $25k to him, that’s ridiculous.”

          I am not a doctor, but I swear he has some sort of autism. He doesn’t realize how normal people react and feel and think. That’s how he is able to be so cold to people. Remember how he said about John McCain being a POW: “I like people who weren’t captured.” As if someone being captured during a war was a personal failure.

      • Ross

        And guess who arranged the $100K benefit?

        Hillary.

        It used to be really low, like an insulting $10. Or maybe is was $20K. But still insulting.

        But, you know, her emails. Thank God we have all been saved from her being President.

        (I need to vomit now.)

    • Lars Littlefield

      Yup. The lack of taste is certainly palpable.

    • Bob Conti

      Now’s the time for all Gold Star families who have lost loved ones since Hair Furor took office to public say, “why not me? My son/daughter/husband/wife/partner’s not good enough? PR nightmare, maybe he’ll explode.

    • lattebud

      “25 big ones should take care of this and we will be quiet, right?”

    • kaydenpat

      This is not normal.

      • JCF

        We definitively passed that one on 11/8/16.

    • Gerry Fisher

      this

  • Joe in PA

    So I’m sure we’ll see that $1M check any day now, right. RIGHT?

    • Bob Conti

      Along with that letter from the NFL about the debate schedule. I know, I’ve brought this up a few times, but it still irks me that no one ever said, if you don’t produce the letter, then we’ll know you’re a liar.

  • Tawreos

    I wonder if the check will actually go through or is it just bullshit.

    • Joe in PA

      I want to know who’s money it was.

      • Sam_Handwich

        probably siphoned from Melanoma’s shoe fund

        • Joe in PA

          Brilliant, no one will notice. Especially since hurricane season is almost over.

      • BearEyes

        ding, ding, ding!

      • Tawreos

        Courtesy of Trump campaign fund I am sure

  • JT

    FOUR MONTHS LATER: Trump Cuts Promised $25,000 Check For Gold Star Family After Public Shaming

    Who knew shaming could ever work on Drumpf the Shameless?

    Beware.

    Drumpf: The check’s in the mail.

    • boatboy_srq

      Drumpf the Shameless

      Soon to be more [in]famous than Aethelred the Unready.

      • hat tip for the appropriately graded historical reference.

  • BearEyes

    Ratings
    Not shame.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Trump is famous for not paying, right? Ask anyone who has worked for him.

  • JWC

    watch in bounce

  • BobSF_94117

    I, of course, have nothing to do with this story, and I still feel unclean.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Joe in PA

      Why is it that when this guy cries, I cry, when Boehner cried, I laughed. 🙁

      • edrex

        because boehner was a buffoon, that’s why.

      • Natty Enquirer

        Because you’re not a reptile.

      • Bob Conti

        Same with me. I think it’s because the former POTUS cried when others experienced pain, Boner cried because he was experiencing pain. It’s a huge distinction.

      • greenmanTN

        Because the only time Boehner cried was when he was talking about the struggles HE had, that HE overcame, not about the struggles of anyone else.

      • FAEN

        When Boehner cried I just wanted to slap him! The man cried every fucking day about every little thing and the GOP was silent. Hillary or any other woman would have been drummed out of office for crying like he did even once.

        He was also one of the worst if not THE worst Speaker ever.

    • MikeBx2

      That is extremely touching. I remember when we had a leader who had feelings.

    • Lazycrockett

      I just realized that Gord was the lead singer of Tragically Hip.

    • Natty Enquirer

      I dunno. I think I prefer Donald and his TelePrompTer.

    • TrueWords
    • Kenster999

      I really liked The Tragically Hip.

    • The_Wretched

      A leader who can show actual compassion and has normal human emotions.

  • carrot festival

    Boy is that father going to be surprised when he gets $25k of Trump Taj Mahal Fun Bucks in the mail.

    • Pollos Hermanos

      Hey! Those are collector’s items.

      • carrot festival

        Not in New Jersey

  • Lars Littlefield

    No date on that check. Anyone else notice that?
    Hell, I’m even surprised there is even a check number.
    Fake check.
    But I love who it is written out to. That was clever.

  • Henry Auvil

    Does this mean all his hundreds of unpaid contractors and creditors have to do is get a story in the Washington Post and they’ll finally be paid? Awesome. The Post should offer stories for a small commission. Win-win!

  • Lazycrockett
  • Lazycrockett
    • Natty Enquirer

      That’s a nice way of saying “pathological narcissist.”

    • greenmanTN

      What was your first clue, Monsieur Poirot?

    • -M-

      Jinkies! Ya think?

    • popebuck1

      I don’t think he “struggles” with empathy at all. I don’t think he’s ever exerted one bit of effort over it.

  • Karl Dubhe

    I think the fact that he made the offer is terrible.

    The notion that you can pay off a father?!?

    • -M-

      “No other President has done this.”
      Yeah, because it’s incredibly inappropriate. Money can’t replace someone’s child and you’re not a king the soldiers work for the country not for you.

      • kareemachan

        Well, I have to say the father didn’t sound all that wonderful to me. He bitched about his ex-wife receiving the military insurance (?) payment of $100,000 instead of him. That’s…. pretty damned petty just after your son died.

    • Michael A. Lozoya

      Yeah! I’m sure the money will come in handy for the family, but once it’s gone… Their son’s still dead.

      I wonder if the father/family may go through a roller coaster of emotions due to this episode.

  • MassageBear
  • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

    Return the check. Seriously. I would return the check. My integrity and love of country would require me to do so. That’s pussy grabbing money at this point and I would want nothing to do with it.

    • Ken M

      NO. Add it to Johnson’s fund. Still not clean, but going to a better cause.

  • Steve Heath

    Joe, I think you intended to write, “100-1 the check was NOT cut from campaign donations”

    • coram nobis

      Maybe the check was from his trust fund, which is also other people’s money.

  • Travis Morrow

    Shocked I say, shocked, that the man who promised to donate $1 million to hurricane victims and didn’t would neg on a $25,000 check. SHOCKED.

  • kaydenpat

    Jason Gilbert’s tweet is off the chain. Sometimes you’ve just got to laugh at all the ridiculousness coming from this regime.

  • Ken M

    The Gov of TX, dick that he is, should be asked about the receiving of their check. What was it again….$1M?

    • kareemachan

      Yeah, I’ve heard squat about that. Maybe someone should ask Conjob about it….

  • JCF

    “100-1 that check was cut from campaign donations.”

    That, or the “Trump Foundation”, which is funded by non-Trumps.

  • Ken M

    We need some dominoes to fall here. Could be the Vets on Trump, like the women are on Weinstein. In both cases the losses were too great to measure. But a check in the mail wouldn’t hurt.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Par for the course (pardon the pun) for #DotardDonnie.

  • justme

    The veterans group during the election suffered the same way
    Thruthless Trump shows up again..

  • ohbear1957
    • NZArtist

      If I made a crass comment about personal delivery, just leave it in the rear… would you disrespect me?

      • ohbear1957

        Disrespect you?
        No, I’d move a little closer on the sofa.

  • Pete Wascher

    how many times now has #45 been made to honor a pledge because of media investigation? let’s see, there was a campaign contribution to veterans org, . . . . oh, those darn “fake news” guys!

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Any word on that million dollar check for Puerto Rico hurricane relief?

      • zhera

        Wasn’t that for Houston? I don’t think Donnie ever pledged to give PR anything.

  • Mikey

    well, now we know the exact monetary value of an American warrior.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Only if the fucking moron get caught lying. The rest is still worth zero. Reason: They knew what they signed up for.

  • gothambear

    wow another $25K tax deduction on his tax return…no doubt it’s being claimed retroactively

  • LesbianTippingHabits


    What’s Donald Trump’s credit score?

    • -M-

      More of a debit score.

    • coram nobis

      In depths that no mere sinner could reach.

  • MassageBear
  • So really, these headlines saying the check has been cut…aren’t exactly accurate.

    “The White House *says* the check has been cut and sent” would be responsible reporting.

  • boobert

    I’d cash that check asap !

  • Marides48

    “The check is in the mail”!

  • Blake Jordan

    Paid for through campaign donations to the RNC no doubt!!!

  • Halou

    How “disgusting”. The media holds public officials to account.

  • downtownla

    At this point, I am just sick of all these negative reports about Trump. It’s like he’s a gunman who is shooting up the country. No more attention to him please. Let’s talk about the ISSUES instead. Let’s have the media cover all the problems that are happening around here – Puerto Rico, the California Wildfires, the window for signing up for Obamacare, as well as the ongoing issues in education, health, national security, etc. By now, we get the fact that he’s an asshole.

    • kareemachan

      Sorry, not gonna happen, and I, for one, don’t want it to. Amp up the stress factor on him is good. Knowing what he is up to is good.

      I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want his negative reports to be heard by the public. (Hint: most of us can multi-task when it comes to keeping up with news both drumpsterian and not.) Besides, what he does has *everything* to do with ongoing issues, doncha think?

      • downtownla

        Maybe I didn’t articulate myself too well. I think when the coverage is on Trump’s “personality” and how much time he spends on the golf course, that doesn’t serve anyone. It’s not going to change anyone’s opinion about him. However, when you criticize his policies like his failures in Puerto Rico, then I think people will see that his Presidency is a total failure. I want the media to focus on the specifics of his shortcomings, not all the tabloid journalism that they engage it. There are a lot of serious problems happening, many caused by him. If we keep talking about those failures, we will be able to run against him on it. But if we’re only talking about Trump (the person) and not Trump’s policies (and the failures there), then it’s not going to move the needle.

    • The_Wretched

      odd posting history.

      • downtownla

        I think I’ve been pretty consistent, thank you.

  • Friday

    Still a deadbeat.

  • Michael A. Lozoya

    In some Muslim countries someone who is responsible for the death of another can just pay the family to write off the death to avoid jail or a death sentence. I know it doesn’t diminish the sacrifice that soldier made with their life, but what Trump promised (because I guess that’s how rich people think) sort of cheapens things because it seems as though he thinks people have a price tag, soldiers are commodities of war.