日期:2017-10-19 11:07


HARI SREENIVASAN: Army Corporal Dillon Baldridge was killed in Afghanistan in June. He and two fellow soldiers were gunned down by an Afghan police officer suspected of an insider attack.

Baldridge's father was disturbed by the details of his son's death and expressed that to President Trump in a phone call. Mr. Trump then apparently took an unusual step for a commander in chief: He offered money.

Dan Lamothe helped break that story for The Washington Post, joins me now.

Thanks for joining us. So, how did this phone call go?

DAN LAMOTHE, The Washington Post: Yes, so several weeks after the soldier's death, the president made a call to North Carolina, where the father lives. They had a conversation that the father describes mostly as respectful.

The father expressed some frustration with the way that the death gratuity, basically a benefit that the family received, was going to his ex-wife, rather than some part to him. And the president's response caught him by surprise. He said, well, I'm going to make sure we write you a $25,000 check, you know, basically for your troubles.

HARI SREENIVASAN: And did that check ever arrive? The White House said that they sent it late today.

DAN LAMOTHE: Yes, so we reached out this morning and received no response for several hours. As of today, the father had not received a c