Donald Trump has prompted outrage for defending the wife of a US diplomat accused of killing British teenager, Harry Dunn, in a road accident, suggesting it is difficult to drive on the opposite side of the road and “it happens.”
Speaking at the White House following a meeting with prime minister Boris Johnson, during which he appeared to reject a request to consider waiving the woman’s diplomatic immunity and her returning to Britain to be dealt with by the police, the president said he wanted to try and bring about “healing.”
Trump said the US would shortly be speaking to the woman, and that there were many Americans who sympathised with the plight of the teenager’s parents, who he said was killed in a “terrible accident”.
He also appeared to back the diplomat’s wife, Anne Sacoolas, saying that it could be difficult “driving on the opposite side of the road.”
The woman was driving on the wrong side of the road. That can happen. Those are the opposite side of the road. I won’t say it ever happened to me, but it, but it did.
The 19-year-old victim was killed when his motorbike collided with a car in Northamptonshire on 27 August. The suspect in the case, 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas, was granted diplomatic immunity following the crash and fled the UK.
The car was thought to have been driving on the wrong side of the road after leaving RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire – a military base used by the US Air Force.