Trump says accidents ‘happen’ in crash by diplomat’s wife

Clay Curtis
October 10, 2019

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

The woman's name has not been officially released, but media reports say she is 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas, who is married to a U.S. intelligence official.

Notes held by Donald Trump appear to show that the USA has no intention of sending a suspect granted diplomatic immunity in the case of a teen killed in a road crash back to the UK.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Trump to force the woman identified as Anne Sacoolas to return to face questioning by authorities.

"We're going to speak to her very shortly and see if we can do something where they meet", he said of the woman and the victim's parents.

United Kingdom officials, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have urged the U.S.to waive diplomatic immunity for the wife of the USA diplomat, named in British media as Anne Sacoolas, after she fled the United Kingdom following a auto crash on August 27 this year which killed British teenager Harry Dunn.

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Northamptonshire Police Superintendent Sarah Johnson confirmed in a statement on october 5 that the suspected driver, a 42-year-old American woman, left the country despite telling the police she had no plans to leave the country in the near future.

"We're going to speak with her and see what we can come up with, so that there can be some healing", Trump said.

"You have two wonderful parents that lost their son".

The U.S. woman involved in the crash later left Britain, invoking diplomatic immunity.

"I won't say it never happened to me, but it did".

During a hospital visit on Monday, Johnson said he hoped Sacoolas would come back, adding that diplomatic immunity shouldn't be used for "this type of objective". British prosecutors have not yet said whether they would recommend charges in this case.

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