The deceased teen's parents were invited to the White House in October to meet the President in what turned out to be a reality TV-style stunt staged by the Trump administration.
Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn know that nothing anyone says or does can give them back their teen son who lost his life in a tragic accident earlier this year. What they are fighting for now is justice. Justice, that would look past diplomatic immunity, and bring the person responsible for their son's death back to Britain. However, what the grieving parents received instead was a White House meeting with President Donald Trump where he reportedly ambushed them with the person who caused the accident and a check for their troubles.
According to HuffPost, 19-year-old Harry Dunn was fatally injured in an accident in late August when his motorcycle collided with a car driven by Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US envoy Sacoolas. She was said to have been driving on the wrong side of the road at the time of the incident. She then returned to the US soon after the accident and claimed diplomatic immunity. Over the past few months, Harry's parents have been tirelessly fighting for justice for their deceased son. In October, they received an invitation to the White House to meet with the American President.
Their visit, however, turned out to be a reality TV-style stunt staged by the Trump administration where they were unexpectedly encouraged to meet with Sacoolas who was waiting for them in a nearby room. The family spokesman Radd Seiger recently revealed that during the meeting, Trump also told the Dunns that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was "standing by ready to write a check." The grieving parents angrily refused both the check and the meeting with their son's killer, said Seiger.
The money is "not going to bring Harry back," said the deceased teen's mother in a recent interview, adding, "We're very aware of that, obviously. Justice has to be done. They all need to learn that this can't happen again, and they need to learn that things need to be put into place to stop this." Charles asserted that she is determined to have Sacoolas return to Britain to face the consequences of her actions. "It is frustrating. They must see there’s something not right. Why are they making it difficult?"
Seiger claimed that during the Dunns' visit to the White House, President Trump said, "We've got the driver here." He added, "He basically meant we're all going to have a big hug and a kiss and I'll get my Treasury guy to write a check... the more I think about those words, the more shocking it is." Meanwhile, speaking to reporters the day after the meeting with the deceased teen's parents, Trump attempted to justify Sacoolas with the excuse that driving in Europe is "very tough if you're from the US."
Speaking of the Dunns' claim that the President offered them a check during the visit, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in an email that it is "completely false." Meanwhile, an official at the White House informed Harry's parents that Sacoolas will not return to Britain. However, last month, the British foreign secretary stated that the government believed diplomatic immunity "clearly ended" for the accused when she left the country following the accident. In a statement regarding the tragic accident, Sacoolas' lawyer said that her client is "devastated by this tragic accident. No loss compares to the death of a child and Anne extends her deepest sympathy to Harry Dunn's family."