President Trump’s $25,000 Check to Father of Slain Soldier Is in the Mail, White House Says – After Claims He Never Sent It

A check for $25,000 from President Donald Trump to the family of a slain soldier is in the mail, the White House says — after the solider’s family said they had never received the promised money.

In a call to Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, The Washington Post reported that Trump offered the money and added that he would have his staff establish an online fundraiser for the family. The call came weeks after the 22-year-old and two fellow soldiers were killed by an Afghan police officer.

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

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said that the money was on its way.

“The check has been sent,” she said, according to The Post. “It’s disgusting that the media is taking something that should be recognized as a generous and sincere gesture, made privately by the President, and using it to advance the media’s biased agenda.”

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The Post notes that President Barack Obama took 18 months to send an undisclosed amount of money promised to the family of Kayla Mueller, who died in 2015 while she was held captive by the Islamic State in Syria. The sum was sent only after a report by ABC News called attention to the situation. Obama later described the delay as an oversight.

U.S. Rep Frederica Wilson told reporters on Tuesday that Trump called Myeshia Johnson on Tuesday and said her husband Sgt. La David T. Johnson “knew what he signed up for… but when it happens it hurts anyway.”

Trump’s 5-minute call came as Johnson was on her way to Miami International Airport – just before her husband’s body arrived from overseas, said Wilson, who was accompanying the family. Wilson said she overheard the conversation.

Myeshia Johnson is pregnant with the couple’s third child and is due in January. They share a 2-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter.

Early Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to deny Wilson’s version of events, claiming he could prove he didn’t say those words to the widow.

“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof),” he wrote. “Sad!”



Why Princess Charlotte’s Future Children Won’t Inherit Royal Titles — But Prince George’s Will

Princess Charlotte’s future children are unlikely to have titles of their own, but her brother Prince George’s will.

“Her children will not have titles because the royal titles go down the male line,” Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty, tells PEOPLE. Charlotte inherited her title because she was born as Prince William‘s daughter. 

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t exceptions to the rule. Queen Elizabeth has offered new titles other royal offspring in the past, including the children of her daughter, Princess Anne.

“The same applied to Princess Anne when she had her children,” Little continues. “When she married Mark Phillips and they had children, they were given the option of a peerage for Mark. But they chose not to and Peter and Zara were brought up without titles.

“So history could repeat itself with Charlotte.”

Princess Margaret‘s children would not have titles either had it not been for a special change made by her sister the Queen. Since Margaret married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, their children would have been Mr. or Miss., but just before their son was born, “the Queen made Tony an earl (of Snowdon), so that Margaret’s children would have a title,” says Little.

“We were in a transitional period between the traditional times and the modern one and I think it would have felt inappropriate for the nephew and niece of the Queen to be Mr. and Miss.”

And when it comes to Prince Harry’s future children, they will not be given the title of prince or princess either. They will likely be given the title of Lord or Lady Mountbatten-Windsor — the family name — because Harry’s offspring would be great-grandchildren of the Sovereign. They will only be upgraded to prince and princess when they are grandchildren of the Sovereign — which will occur when Prince Charles succeeds his mother as King.

“And then they would only be eligible to be known as prince or princess if their parents choose to style them that way,” says Little. 

Even if Harry was given a dukedom at his wedding, “the children would still be Lord first name or Lady first name  Mountbatten-Windsor, unless the Queen issues letters patent to say they should be given the full style and title,” Little adds.

With reporting by Simon Perry


Anna Faris Is Dating Again 2 Months After Split from Chris Pratt

Anna Faris is getting back into the dating scene following her split from husband Chris Pratt in August.

The Mom actress, 40, and cinematographer Michael Barrett, 47, have been spending time together since September after working together on the new film Overboard.

The duo were spotted together in early September.

“Anna has been hanging out with Michael for weeks,” says a source. “They were hanging out occasionally in September, but started seeing each other more frequently recently”

Faris and Barrett were also seen on several dinner dates recently, stepping out twice in the span of two days at Modo Mio, an upscale Italian restaurant in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacific Palisades, according to E! Online.

The two were also seen enjoying lunch at Neptune’s Net in Malibu, California, last month, TMZ reports.

Faris opened up about her separation from Pratt in this week’s PEOPLE issue, saying, “We’ll always have each other and be incredible friends.”

“There is still so much laughter in our lives together, and he is so proud of me, still,” she adds. “We watched each other grow, and he still cracks me up all the time. And I think I crack him up — unless he’s a really good actor and great at faking laughter.”

The pair announced their decision to separate after eight years of marriage in August.

“It’s understandable that people seemed so invested in our happiness together,” Faris says of the public’s reaction to their split. “All I can say about that is, it’s all true, that we truly adore each other, and we love each other, I think it still comes through.”

Faris’ new book Unqualified (out later this month) includes details of how the former couple fell in love making their movie Take Me Home Tonight, their spur-of-the-moment marriage in Bali and the birth of their son.

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“At first I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this is crazy timing,’” she says of the book coming out just months after the split. “Now it sort of feels like maybe in a way everything that happened helps bring it full circle.”

Pratt penned the foreword of her book, singing her praises and adding that he and Faris will be “just fine” and plan to move forward by continuing to “amicably co-parent a human” together.

“I am so grateful that he contributed to the book,” Faris says. “Chris and I are really great friends, and I think that we always will be.”

Unqualified hits shelves Oct. 24.


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Miley Cyrus Surprises Las Vegas Shooting Victim With Special Message: ‘I’m thinking about you all the time’

A big Miley Cyrus fan received a heartwarming message from her idol on Tuesday.

The “Malibu” singer, 24, sent Las Vegas shooting victim, Katrina Hannah, a sweet video message, which was shown to her on Tuesday by one of Katrina’s friends, according to ABC 7.

“Hi Katrina, this is Miley,” the singer said in the video. “I’ve heard about you from so many wonderful people. Your name got to me from so many friends, some contestants on The Voice.”

“They said that you’re a huge fan, and I just wanted you to know that I’m thinking about you all the time,” Cyrus continued. “Sending all good, healing, and peaceful vibes to you, all your family and your friends. I hope you’ll feel better soon and just want you to know that you’ll be on my mind and on my heart. See ya!”

Katrina, who was injured at the Route 91 Harvest festival, saw the message from her hospital while wearing a neck brace. She was shot twice while at the festival — once in the shoulder, and once in the neck.

According to ABC 7 reporter Elex Michaelson, Cyrus saw a previous story written about Katrina and sent her the message. Katrina is now back in California with her family.

While watching the video, Katrina immediately gasped and began to cry as she heard Cyrus’ message to her.

Earlier this month, Cyrus sang Dido’s 2013 single “No Freedom” alongside Adam Sandler on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon in honor of the victims of the tragic Las Vegas shooting.


Rose McGowan Cancels Public Appearances in Kansas Due to ‘Compounding Factors’ in Wake of Harvey Weinstein Scandal

Rose McGowan has pulled out of a number of public appearances at a Kansas film festival.

On Wednesday evening, less than 24 hours before McGowan was scheduled to be honored at the Tallgrass Film Festival with an Ad Astra Award, organizers announced the actress would no longer be coming.

“We are sorry to announce that we’ve just been informed that Rose McGowan has canceled all upcoming public appearances due to compounding factors surrounding recent revelations in the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case,” the festival said in a press release.

“While we’re disappointed that Rose cannot be here with us in person, we understand that her well being is the priority. We support her and our thoughts are with her. We’ll seize this opportunity to amplify her message and celebrate all the women filmmakers with works here at the 15th annual festival,” said Tallgrass creative director Lela Meadow-Conner.

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Originally, McGowan was also scheduled to attend a screening of her directorial debut, Dawn.

In place of McGowan’s appearance, Tallgrass also announced there will be a panel of women filmmakers called “#WokeWomen: A Candid Conversation with Tallgrass’ Female Filmmakers.”

““The whole world is now aware, in large part due to Rose’s efforts, about the rampant sexual harassment within the entertainment industry, and so in her honor, we have pulled together a panel of women filmmakers who will be attending the festival with their films, for a frank conversation, because the message doesn’t stop here,” said Meadow-Conner.

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Multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment against Weinstein came to light in an Oct. 5 New York Times exposé, in which eight women — including actress Ashley Judd — accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. The NYT report also reported McGowan was part of a settlement with Weinstein in 1997 following an encounter in a hotel room with Weinstein during the Sundance Film Festival. McGowan later accused him of rape on Twitter.

A second story by The New Yorker saw more women come forward and accuse the mogul of harassment and assault.

More women leveled allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein, including Cara DelevingneGwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, in the days that followed.

A spokesperson for Weinstein previously told PEOPLE in a statement that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”


Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir’s Lavish Wedding Cake Came Close to Outshining Her Extravagant Wedding — See the Pic!

Keyshia Ka’oir’s extravagant wedding dress was almost given a run for its money by her and Gucci Mane‘s wedding cake.

Following the couple’s lavish $1.7 million ceremony, the rapper, 37, shared a photo of their multi-tiered wedding cake on Instagram Wednesday.

The sparkling white cake towered over Mane, who stands at 6’2” — he even needed a sword to cut through it.

Complete with white, delicate roses as the frosting, the cake was made up of four double-tiered layers with crystals dangling from each section so that it resembled a dramatic chandelier – perfect for the “diamonds and crystals” theme of their nuptials.

“Cake double my size,” Mane wrote in the caption.

The Atlanta-based rapper and the beauty-fitness entrepreneur married Tuesday at the Four Seasons in Miami, Florida, which was televised on BET.


While the cake was blinged out, of course, there was no beating the bride’s custom Charbel Zoe Couture gown.

For the ceremony, Ka’oir wore a beaded, long-sleeve gown with leaf-like embroidery that gathered into a feathery skirt and train.

She accessorized with a crystal headpiece, blinding drop earrings and a bouquet made of what appears to be (and what we’re hoping is) real diamonds.

She later changed into another heavily embellished dress by Yousef Aljasmi, which was just as over-the-top as her ceremony gown.

Ka’oir’s dressed turned every head in the room, but so did her outfits leading up to the wedding. For her bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas, the bride-to-be dressed up in a see-through lace bodysuit with a frilly, tiered skirt, matching garter belt and feathered gold masquerade mask.

Her rehearsal dinner dress wasn’t laid back, either. The duo wore matching bright red outfits, with Ka’oir in a ballgown with an embellished bodice and Mane wore a red suit with layers of diamond necklaces.