Trump Blames British PM For Disastrous Meeting With Deceased Teen's Parents
According to President Donald Trump, the ill-fated meeting he tried to set up between the British parents of a teen who was killed in August and the American woman who killed him was actually suggested by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The Telegraph reported that Trump insisted before reporters on Wednesday that it was Johnson’s idea and not his: “I spoke with Boris he asked me if I’d do that, and I did it. I offered to bring the person in question in and they weren't ready for it. But I did offer.”
Harry Dunn, 19, was killed when Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. diplomat, pulled out onto the road going the wrong way in the U.K. She struck Dunn, throwing him from his motorbike, and he later died from his injuries.
Rather than face potential consequences in the U.K., Sacoolas returned to the U.S., claiming immunity. British officials asked their American counterparts to waive immunity, but to date, that request has been declined.
Trump implied after meeting with Dunn’s family that they had initially agreed to meet Sacoolas, saying, “Unfortunately, they wanted to meet with her, and unfortunately, when we had everybody together, they decided not to meet.”
However, Dunn’s parents — Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn — have made clear they are only interested in meeting Sacoolas if she returns to the U.K. to be questioned by police.
A spokesman for Johnson said the prime minister had spoken with Trump prior to Dunn's parents deciding to travel to the U.S. At that time, it was Trump who raised the possibility of having both parties meet at the White House.
"The New York Times revealed on Wednesday that the White House press corps had been assembled to capture the distraught parents’ encounter with Mrs Sacoolas in a Jerry Springer-style 'reveal,'” The Telegraph reported.
Mark Stephens, the family's attorney, blasted Robert O’Brien, Trump's new national security adviser, for organizing the meeting, saying: "Having ice in your veins is a very good characteristic for being a spy but thinking you can treat human beings in that way, you would have to be a nincompoop. He's piled additional grief and hurt on the Dunn family that was entirely unnecessary.”