Anne Sacoolas is pictured above. Her husband, Jonathan, works at RAF Croughton
Donald Trump has defended the wife of a US diplomat who allegedly killed a British teenager in a car crash by saying it is hard to drive on the other side of the road.
Trump acknowledged that 'a tragedy occurred' and described suspect Anne Sacoolas - who he did not name - as 'driving on the wrong side of the road,' then suggested he had done the same too in the UK, where he has two golf courses.
'Those are the opposite roads. That can happen,' Trump said. 'I won't say it ever happened to me, but it did. When you get used to driving on our system and you're all of a sudden on the other system, where you're driving, it happens. You have to be careful.'
Trump on Wednesday publicly rebuffed a plea from Prime Minister Boris Johnson to waive diplomatic immunity for Sacoolas who is suspected of killing Harry Dunn, 19, and instead suggested the victim's family meet her for 'some healing'.
Dunn was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car on August 27 and Sacoolas, 42, who is married to a US intelligence official, fled to the US despite telling police she would not do so.
Dunn's family has been desperately trying to ensure Sacoolas returns to the UK to participate in the police investigation, and this evening Mr Johnson urged the President to help ensure her diplomatic immunity is waived - but was embarrassingly rebuffed by Trump minutes later.
Donald Trump was asked publicly about Harry Dunn's death and the suspicion that he was killed by an American spy's wife and addressed it for the first time, calling it 'a very complex issue.' He said he wanted the woman and the bereaved family to meet for 'some healing'
The family of Harry Dunn (left with blonde hair, his mother Charlotte Charles, and right his father Mr Dunn) have said a meeting with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab over the death of their son felt like a 'publicity stunt' - as they confirmed they were launching civil action against the suspect in the case
A Downing Street spokesman has revealed conversations between the Prime Minister (pictured earlier this week) and Mr Trump have taken place about the case of Harry Dunn
Harry Dunn's mother Charlotte weeps as she and her family speak to the media following a meeting with foreign secretary Dominic Raab this afternoon
The couple were accompanied by their lawyer Radd Seiger (centre), who echoed the Dunn family's disappointment at the outcome of the meeting with Mr Rabb (Ms Charles and Mr Dunn are pictured left and right)
Harry, 19, was killed n a car crash in Northamptonshire allegedly caused by the diplomat's wife
It has been suggested that the vehicle which hit Harry had been travelling on the wrong side of the road after pulling out from RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.
But Trump, speaking publicly for the first time about the case, made no commitment to send Sacoolas back to the UK - instead suggesting that he himself had driven on the wrong side of the road, adding: 'That can happen'.
The discussion between the two leaders came after Harry's family, from Oxfordshire, met with British foreign secretary Dominic Raab this afternoon, but slammed the meeting as a 'publicity stunt' that left them 'angry and frustrated'.
In his phone call with the President, Mr Johnson personally asked Mr Trump to 'reconsider the US position' to grant immunity to Sacoolas.
Trump called it 'a very complex issue', adding: 'We are going to speak to her very shortly and do something where they meet.
'We are going to speak to her and see if we can come up with something so there is some healing.'
Trump added that there was 'tremendous anger' over the case, and he understood why that was. He acknowledged that US public opinion was also likely to be in favour of Sacoolas being stripped of diplomatic immunity.
'I understand where the people from the UK [feel], and frankly a lot of Americans feel the same way,' he said.
But he said: 'The person that was driving the automobile has diplomatic immunity.
'It was an accident. It was a terrible accident.'
A Downing Street spokesman revealed conversations between the Prime Minister and Trump have taken place.
He said: 'The two leaders discussed the tragic death of Harry Dunn.
'The Prime Minister urged the President to reconsider the US position so the individual involved can return to the UK, co-operate with police and allow Harry's family to receive justice.
'The President said he was fully aware of the case and deeply saddened by what has happened, and he expressed his condolences to Harry's parents.
'The leaders agreed to work together to find a way forward as soon as possible.'
This afternoon Mr Raab met Harry's mother, Charlotte Charles, and father, Tim Dunn, who earlier today said they have been left in limbo after Ms Sacoolas fled to the US.
But speaking after the meeting, Harry's mother Charlotte Charles said: 'I'm disgusted and feel let down by both governments. Nothing useful came out of the meeting with Dominic Raab. Although he engaged with us, it just felt like a publicity stunt.'
Mr Dunn added: 'We feel extremely let down. The really disappointing thing is that it seems that it's OK to kill a young lad and then walk away just because you have diplomatic immunity.'
The family of Harry Dunn, mother Charlotte Charles (second right) and father Tim Dunn (second left) leaving the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, where they met Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, but were left 'angry and frustrated.'
Charlotte Charles (left) and Tim Dunn (right), the parents of Harry Dunn, arrive with their partners at the Foreign Office today ahead of the meeting with the Foreign Secretary
Harry's parents say they've been left in limbo after the driver who allegedly hit him fled the UK
Asked about his son by reporters, Mr Dunn became emotional and was supported by his family as he called him a 'special boy'.
'He was a beautiful boy, a beautiful lad, he had so many friends, he loved life, he loved his motorbikes, loved his football,' he said.
'He didn't have a bad bone in his body, he just loved his family, he just loved everything.
'He was a special boy and I miss him like mad.'
The couple were accompanied by their lawyer Radd Seiger, who echoed the Dunn family's disappointment at the outcome of the meeting with Mr Rabb.
Giving a statement on behalf of the family, he said: 'To say we are disappointed with the outcome would be an understatement. We are frustrated. We are angry.'
He added: 'Before the meeting we were led to believe that something positive would come out of it. But all Mr Raab made clear to us is that the Americans insist that Mrs Sacoolas has full diplomatic immunity and under no circumstances are they going to grant a waiver.
'Our position is that she does not have diplomatic immunity and must return to Britain to face the consequences of her actions.'
Ms Charles also said: 'I can't really see the point we were invited to see Dominic Raab, we are no further forward than where we were this time last week.
'Although he is engaging with us, we have no answers. We are really frustrated that we could spend half an hour or more with him and just come out with nothing.'
The lawyer for Mr Dunn's family later said they are engaging lawyers to take a civil case against Anne Sacoolas in the US.
'Our position is that she doesn't have immunity and that waivers are always granted in these circumstances,' Radd Seiger told reporters in Westminster on Wednesday.
'Now we can disclose to you we have brought lawyers on board. We are going to Washington soon to help us get that justice for Harry.'
Harry's parents, Charlotte and Tim, could be forced to go to the US to get answers
The Dunn family have hired leading lawyers Mark Stephens and Geoffrey Robertson, QC, who specialise in diplomatic law.
Central to their case is the issue of what level of diplomatic immunity Mrs Sacoolas and his family had, if any at all. Her husband was an intelligence official at RAF Croughton but did not appear on the list of diplomats in the UK with immunity.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
Mr Seiger has also has invited US president Donald Trump to have a conversation with the family about the issue.
'If meeting with President Trump would help us get a step closer to seek justice for Harry, to get justice for that boy who died that night needlessly, one of