Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

UK PM Johnson Urges Trump to Reconsider US Crash Case Stance

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Deanna Wagner | 10 October, 2019, 23:48

"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 U.S. government employee will not return to the United Kingdom".

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States will speak to the wife of an American diplomat who was in involved in a fatal auto crash that killed a UK teenager.

Johnson also urged the woman to return to the U.K.to face investigation.

"We're going to speak to her very shortly and see if we can do something", Trump said.

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

© Courtesy of the Dunn Family Image: Harry Dunn's parents say they want justice for their son.

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Harry Dunn, 19, died in August after a collision near RAF Croughton, an air force base in Northamptonshire, central England, that is used by the United States.

Trump said Wednesday that the woman had diplomatic immunity, but that he hoped to find some kind of resolution to the matter.

Johnson's office had said earlier that, during their phone call, the prime minister had urged Trump "to reconsider the U.S. position" so the driver "can return to the United Kingdom, cooperate with police and allow Harry's family to receive justice".

"I do not think that it can be right to use the process of diplomatic immunity for this type of objective", Johnson said Monday.

President Trump added: "The woman was driving on the wrong side of the road". "I won't say it ever happened to me, but it did".

Under global law, diplomats and their families can avoid prosecution for crimes committed in a foreign country unless immunity is waived by the diplomat's home country.