A substantial process

The check was in the mail! It was in the mail, I tell you! Ok it was in the mail after the story broke in the Post, but all the same it was in the mail.

The family of a slain US soldier has received their $25,000 personal check from President Donald Trump months after receiving a condolence call from Trump and being offered the money, according to an ABC11 reporteron Monday.

letter signed by Trump was also sent with condolences to Chris Baldridge, the father of Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, who was one of three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan when an Afghan police officer fired on them. The Taliban have since claimed responsibility.

“I am glad my legal counsel has been able to finally approve this contribution to you,” the letter reportedly said.

Oh, nice, a condolence letter complete with flagrant steaming lie. What a coincidence that his legal counsel finally approved the check minutes after the story broke in the news. How odd that his legal counsel has to approve a personal check for 25k but doesn’t have to approve the steady ongoing violation of the Emoluments Clause to name just one item.

The check’s reported date, October 18, is the same date as that of a Washington Post report that first revealed Trump’s phone call to the Baldridges. Trump had reportedly offered $25,000 to the family and proposed to help establish an online fundraiser several weeks after Dillon’s death. The Post, however, said that as of the report’s publication, Trump had done neither.

But surely the date is pure coincidence.

After The Post’s report, a White House official said that there was a “substantial process that can involve multiple agencies any time the president interacts with the public, especially when transmitting personal funds” and that “the check has been in the pipeline since the president’s initial call with the father.”

Do we believe that? No we do not, not for a second.

The Baldridges expressed gratitude upon finally receiving the check.

“I’m still speechless,” Dillon Baldridge’s mother, Jessie, told ABC11. “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,” she continued. “We got a condolence letter from him (a few weeks later) and there was no check, and we kind of joked about it.”

Oh yes, very nice, to say I’ll send you 25k and then not do it. Heart of gold, that guy has.

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