The United Kingdom has asked Trump to waive the diplomatic immunity for a woman involved in the untimely death of a teen outside the U.S. intelligence base in the U.K.
Harry Dunn, 19, died after a collision with a car allegedly driven by the wife of a U.S. diplomat. Anne Sacoolas reportedly fled the U.K. for the U.S. after the horrible incident, using the diplomatic immunity she gained through her husband for protection.
Trump defended Sacoolas minutes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked him that her immunity be waived so that she can be tried in the U.K. courts, the Daily Mail reported.
“Those are the opposite roads. That can happen,” Trump said while addressing what he called a “terrible accident.”
“When you get used to driving on our system and you’re all of a sudden on the other system, where you’re driving, it happens. You have to be careful.”
Trump seemingly rebuked Johnson’s request to hand over Sacoolas and suggested the families get together for “healing” instead.
Johnson reportedly discussed Sacoolas with Trump and urged him to reconsider her immunity after the victim’s family met with British foreign secretary Dominic Raab and came away “frustrated” and “angry,” D.M. reported.
The Dunn family’s lawyer, Radd Seiger, sounded off on the meeting with Raab.
“To say we are disappointed with the outcome would be an understatement,” Raab said on behalf of his clients. “We are frustrated. We are angry.”
Harry’s mother also blasted both the U.S. and the U.K. for not doing more to bring Sacoolas to justice.
“I’m disgusted and feel let down by both governments. Nothing useful came out of the meeting with Dominic Raab. Although he engaged with us, it just felt like a publicity stunt.'”
Trump did not sway in his stance but expressed empathy over the horrible situation and the families involved.
“I understand where the people from the UK- and frankly a lot of Americans feel the same way,” he said. “The person that was driving the automobile has diplomatic immunity.
“It was an accident. It was a terrible accident,” Trump concluded.
Dunn was reportedly on his motorbike when he struck Sacoolas’ car that was on the wrong side of the street.
Seiger is arguing that Sacoolas doesn’t have immunity, and is adding more help to his legal team as they ponder a civil case against her in the U.S.
“Now we can disclose to you we have brought lawyers on board. We are going to Washington soon to help us get that justice for Harry,” Seiger told reporters in Westminster on Wednesday.
Seiger and his team hope to either strip Sacoolas of her immunity or prove that she doesn’t have it. Her husband worked as “an intelligence official at RAF Croughton but did not appear on the list of diplomats in the UK with immunity,” according to the D.M.
President Trump as also been asked to sit down with the family, Seiger said.
“If meeting with President Trump would help us get a step closer to seek justice for Harry, to get justice for that boy who died that night needlessly, one of the most wonderful kids in our community, if that’s what it takes then I will extend an invitation now to President Trump,’ he said.
“Meet us. Let’s have a chat. Nobody wants to litigate.’
Harry’s father, who is understandably distraught and missing his “beautiful boy,” also welcomes an opportunity to meet with Trump and vows to fight on.
“We will still keep going, there’s still fire in our bellies. We will continue to fight for justice for Harry because there’s that feeling in our stomachs that something is not right.”
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