Harry Dunn's parents say Trump ‘ambushed’ them with offer to meet diplomat’s wife at White House

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

The heartbroken parents of teenager Harry Dunn felt “ambushed” as they refused a meeting with the US woman allegedly responsible for their son’s death.

Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn travelled to the White House in Washington DC for a meeting with Donald Trump to discuss the diplomatic immunity of Anne Sacoolas.

And they said they turned down the chance to meet the diplomat’s wife, who has reportedly admitted to driving on the wrong side of the road, after being told she was in the next room in the White House.

Radd Seiger, a lawyer representing Harry's parents, said: "It was almost like, 'Hey, I've got someone who wants to see you.'

Harry Dunn's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, refused to meet Anne Sacoolas at the White House (AP)

"Then I looked to my side and I saw at least three photographers ready to do a press call."

He added: "The family feel a little ambushed to say the least and disappointed they made the effort to go all the way there and all the way back with little progress towards achieving the closure they are so desperately seeking."

Mr Dunn said: “We weren't ready to meet her, it would have been too rushed.

Harry's parents described the President as 'graceful' during their meeting (PA)

"It's not what we wanted – we wanted a meeting with her in the UK."

But he added that the meeting "didn't feel like a stunt – they didn't try and force it on to us”.

Mrs Charles said: "I don't think it would be appropriate to meet her without therapists or mediators in the room."

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Harry’s parents described the President as "very graceful" but said they are no "further along" after being told that Mrs Sacoolas would not return to the UK.

Mr Dunn said: "I think the President was very graceful and spoke very well to us.

"Obviously we've just met the President and we never thought we'd get this far, but I don't know whether we're any further along.”

Nineteen-year-old Harry was killed in the crash in August (Family handout)

Mrs Charles said: "When [President Trump] held my hand, I gripped it a lot tighter and I was honest with him and just said, as I said a while ago, ‘If it was your son you would be doing the same as us.’

"He actually gripped my hand a little bit tighter and said: 'Yes, I would be.’

"And that's when he said he would try and look at this from a different angle.

"He seemed to understand that our grief has been locked in for seven weeks now on a case that should have been very, very clear-cut.”

Floral tributes on the B4031 outside RAF Croughton, in Northamptonshire, where Harry died (PA)

Mr Dunn said: "He listened to Charlotte very well – she spoke excellently to him and he was very understanding.

"I genuinely do think he will look to resolve this in a way that will help us.”

However, Mrs Charles said they “didn’t get the answers we wanted”, adding: "They couldn't tell us who made the decision to bring her back to the US.

Drive on Left arrows on the road outside RAF Croughton, in Northamptonshire, near where Harry died when his motorbike was involved in a head-on collision (PA)

"We asked how long she was there for and they still said three weeks.”

Mrs Sacoolas has previously said she is "terribly sorry" about the incident and that she had "no time to react" when she saw 19-year-old Harry’s motorbike following the incident near RAF Croughton on 27 August.

Trump previously said that driving the wrong way “happens” when asked to comment on Harry’s death.

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