President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he’d speak to the wife of the US diplomat who fled the UK after allegedly killing a teen motorcyclist in a wrong-way crash — but he made no commitments about her fate.
“We’re going to speak to her and see what we can come up with to do some healing,” Trump said an unrelated White House press conference.
“There is tremendous anger and I understand it.”
The president called Anne Sacoolas’ alleged Aug. 27 crash into 19-year-old Harry Dunn “a terrible accident,” noting that motorists in the UK and US drive on opposites sides of the road.
Trump’s remarks come two days after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Sacoolas to return to England to face justice.
Sacoolas, 42, was allegedly driving on the wrong side of a Northamptonshire road in late August when she fatally hit Dunn head-on, authorities alleged.
Sacoolas, the wife of US diplomat Jonathan Sacoolas, initially cooperated with local authorities.
But she later opted to invoke diplomatic immunity, then left the country altogether with her husband and their children — reportedly at the suggestion of lawyers and US Embassy officials.
“I do not think that it can be right to use the process of diplomatic immunity for this type of purpose,” Johnson said Monday.
“That’s a point that we’ve raised today with the American ambassador here in the UK and I hope will be resolved very shortly.”