Mum’s dis­gust over Trump note

US: Leak re­veals crash sus­pect granted im­mu­nity

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY JOSH PAYNE

A sus­pect granted diplo­matic im­mu­nity in the case of a teen killed in a road crash will not be re­turned to the UK, ac­cord­ing to notes held by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Harry Dunn, 19, died when his mo­tor­bike crashed into a car out­side an RAF base on Au­gust 27.

Af­ter ad­dress­ing re­porters on the case at the White House, a pho­to­graph has since emerged which showed a note held by Mr Trump that reads: “(If raised) Note, as Sec­re­tary Pom­peo told For­eign Sec­re­tary Raab, that the spouse of the US gov­ern­ment em­ployee will not re­turn to the United King­dom.”

Since the pho­to­graph has sur­faced, Mr Dunn’s mother Char­lotte Charles has blasted the pres­i­dent, sug­gest­ing his ap­proach to the case has been “beyond any realm of hu­man think­ing”.

The sus­pect, 42-year-old Anne Sa­coolas, re­port­edly mar­ried to a US in­tel­li­gence official, was granted diplo­matic im­mu­nity fol­low­ing the crash.

The car which crashed into Mr Dunn 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.

The teenager’s fam­ily met the for­eign sec­re­tary on Wed­nes­day but said they left the meet­ing feel­ing “an­gry” and “dis­ap­pointed”, with Ms Charles later say­ing it seemed like a “pub­lic­ity stunt” and that they felt “pa­tro­n­ised” by Do­minic Raab.

Mr Raab met Mr Dunn’s mother and fa­ther Tim Dunn on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon af­ter hav­ing talks with US am­bas­sador Woody John­son on Tues­day.

In a press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day, Mr Trump said wrong-way driv­ing “hap­pens” af­ter be­ing asked by Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son to re­con­sider grant­ing im­mu­nity to Mrs Sa­coolas.

His words were met with anger by Ms Charles, who said she was un­happy with the pres­i­dent’s “throw-away com­ments”.

Speak­ing to Sky News about the pho­to­graph of notes held by Mr Trump which seemed to sug­gest Mrs Sa­coolas would not be re­turn­ing to the UK, Ms Charles said: “I’m just dis­gusted.

“I don’t see the point in Boris John­son talk­ing to Pres­i­dent Trump.

“If he’d al­ready made his de­ci­sion that if it were to be asked and if it were to be raised, the an­swer was al­ready go­ing to be no.”

Mr Trump con­firmed that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would seek to speak to the driver, af­ter Num­ber 10 said the prime min­is­ter had urged him to “re­con­sider” in a phone call.

KILLED: A car crashed into Harry’s mo­tor­bike out­side a base used by the US Air Force

Harry’s mother Char­lotte was ‘dis­gusted’ by the note

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.