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Donald Trump is well-known for making promises with his money and then never following through or wildly exaggerating his charitable contribution, but is there anything more wicked than not coming through for a grieving military father? Because that is exactly what Chris Baldridge said Donald Trump did to him and his family when their son died. From the Washington Post:

President Trump, in a personal phone call to a grieving military father, offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family, but neither happened, the father said.

Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, told The Washington Post that Trump called him at his home in Zebulon, N.C., a few weeks after his 22-year-old son and two fellow soldiers were gunned down by an Afghan police officer in a suspected insider attack June 10. Their phone conversation lasted about 15 minutes, Baldridge said, and centered for a time on the father’s struggle with the manner in which his son was killed.

“I said, ‘Me and my wife would rather our son died in trench warfare,’ “ Baldridge said. “I feel like he got murdered over there.”

He can’t even follow through on the one thing he can offer families, his own personal money. Heaven knows they haven’t found comfort in his shallow words. The Washington Post contacted all of the families of Americans killed to-date in Trump’s term and discovered he’s lying about contacting many of them.

Trump said this week that he has “called every family of somebody that’s died, and it’s the hardest call to make.” At least 20 Americans have been killed in action since he became commander in chief in January. The Washington Post interviewed the families of 13 and found that his interactions with them vary. About half had received phone calls, they said. The others said they had not heard from the president.

Of course, a White House spokesperson said the “check is in the mail.” It likely was cut as soon as they hung up with the Washington Post.

This man is the worst president in the history of this country and it isn’t even close. Our military families deserve better.

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