Donald Trump said the wife of a US diplomat interviewed by police in connection with the death of Harry Dunn had a “compelling story to tell” when he met her at the White House.
Anne Sacoolas has been questioned by detectives from Northamptonshire Police in the US in connection with the 19-year-old’s death outside RAF Croughton in August.
Mr Trump said he had tried to get Ms Sacoolas and Mr Dunn’s family to meet so they could “grieve together”.
The 42-year-old controversially claimed diplomatic immunity after the incident and returned to the US sparking an international incident.
Speaking in an LBC radio interview with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, Mr Trump said he met with Mr Dunn’s parents Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn in Washington DC earlier this month following a request from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Describing his efforts to broker a meeting between Mr Dunn’s parents and Mrs Sacoolas, Mr Trump said: “I had a meeting set up but all of a sudden I guess lawyers got involved.
“I had a meeting set up, they were both in the White House. I met with the parents of the young boy, very nice people.”
READ MORE FROM YAHOO NEWS UK:
The US president added: “I met with the young lady that was driving the car and she brought a very compelling story to tell.
“And then they were in separate rooms and what I wanted was to introduce them to each other so they could really grieve together – the parents didn’t want to meet her.”
Asked if there were circumstances where Mrs Sacoolas could come back to the UK to face charges, Mr Trump said: “Well, I would have to see what the final facts are.
“And, I’ll take a look at the final facts. She’s represented by a lawyer.
“As you know, the parents are represented by a lawyer and from the time I talked to Boris to the time I met with them, but they were both right next to each other in the White House.
“I was in the Oval Office with the parents and the young lady was in a room right next to the Oval Office, but the parents decided, in their wisdom, and it is certainly their choice, not to see her.
“I can understand that too.”
Mr Dunn’s family’s spokesman Radd Seiger said they were aware of the radio interview and the possibility of Mrs Sacoolas returning to the UK being discussed.
He tweeted: “That has been the family’s position all along and remain[s] so today.
“She must come back and we urge her to do so for her sake as well as the family’s.”
Northamptonshire Police said they have passed the details of their interview to the Crown Prosecution Service for consideration.