Poughkeepsie Family Finally Receives Condolence Letter from Trump
The family of Corey Ingram says they received a rush-delivered condolence letter on Friday; two months after their son tragically died on the USS John McCain.
According to a report by The Atlantic, families of fallen service members are now finally getting letters from the President after not hearing anything for months. The letters come days after Trump publicly declared that he had called "virtually" all service members who died during his presidency.
The family of Timothy Eckels Jr, another serviceman who died aboard the USS John McCain with Ingram, say they received letters from Secretary of Defense Mattis, Senator John McCain and other officials, but nothing from Trump. That changed on Friday when they got a rushed package in the mail from the White House containing the letter.
While the family of Eckels says the letter was respectful, they question the timing of the correspondence. After hearing nothing for two months the appearance of a condolence letter just days after the media frenzy over the President's handling of Gold Star Families is curious at best.
According to past White House officials, it's uncommon for Presidents to wait so long to send out condolence letters. Traditionally, they're given top priority and sent out within the first couple of weeks after a soldier dies.
The fact that both Republicans and Democrats have been politicizing the treatment of Gold Star Families is something that has made most Americans uneasy. Until recently, using families of the fallen to score political points has been off limits. After the President falsely claimed to have called more soldiers' families than any of his predecessors, there's been an ugly back and forth between both Trump and his critics.