Dying Man Gets Wish to Speak With President Trump


Source: Facebook via Bridgette Hoskie

A terminally ill Connecticut man had his wish of speaking with Donald Trump fulfilled after the president called him this week.

According to Newsweek, Jay Barrett, who recently started palliative care for Cystic Fibrosis, voted for Barack Obama during the 2008 election. However, unhappy with Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the 44-year-old was drawn to Trump and liked his campaign style.

After mentioning to his wife he would like to talk to the president, Barrett’s sister Bridgette Hoskie – a lifelong Democrat and City Councilwoman – turned to social media to get her brother’s wish fulfilled.

Fortunately the story went national and this week President Trump telephoned Barrett, with The Register posting a video of the interaction on their website.

Trump said he hoped eventually Barrett would feel well enough to attend one of his rallies where he would sit “front and center” telling him, “You’re my kind of man, Jay… I’m very proud of you. I’ll talk to you again, Jay, OK? You keep the fight going. We both fight.”

Barrett told The Register that the president’s son Eric Trump and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regional chief Lynne Patton also called him. Patton will present him with a signed gift from the president when she visits on Sunday.

According to Newsweek, Barrett told The Register despite his illness he still wants to be around to vote for Trump in 2020.