Spokesman for grieving U.Okay. mother and father: White Home is ‘a bunch of henchmen’ for Trump

The grieving mother and father of a British teenager who was killed in a automotive crash involving a U.S. diplomat’s spouse stated President Trump “doesn’t perceive” how a lot the accident had “damaged” their household.

Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn appeared on CNN for an interview Thursday morning during which they described an surprising flip of occasions throughout their visit to the White Home on Tuesday. The president stunned them by saying the lady concerned within the crash, Anne Sacoolas, was prepared to satisfy with them in entrance of the White Home press corps. The Dunn household has insisted that they are going to meet with Sacoolas solely within the U.Okay. as they push for her to return to Britain and face the authorized system.

Charles stated Trump’s effort was possible an try and intimidate them into assembly Sacoolas within the U.S.

“We’ve been saying all alongside that it must be on U.Okay. soil. It must be in a managed atmosphere. Not only for us, however for her as effectively. She’s clearly traumatized,” Charles stated. “We’re nonetheless prepared to satisfy her with therapists and mediators like we’ve been saying all alongside.”

Dunn added that he and Charles had been invited to a gathering with a “senior official” on quick discover however weren’t given another particulars.

As soon as they obtained to the Oval Workplace, a spokesman for the household stated that the ambiance rapidly modified when Trump stated Sacoolas was within the subsequent room and that the household was going to satisfy her.

“There was no form of thought of what these individuals have been going by. I presume that if there was a psychiatrist there, he would have stated, ‘No approach,’ ” the spokesman, Radd Seiger, stated within the interview. “You try this in a managed atmosphere. Not within the Oval Workplace with the cameras, henchmen snarling at us and large Secret Service individuals. It was terrifying.”

Seiger stated it was clear to him now that Trump was making an attempt to stage a “photograph op.” When he pushed again on the proposal and reiterated the household’s needs for the assembly to be held beneath their proposed circumstances within the U.Okay., Seiger stated that nationwide safety advisor Robert C. O’Brien “snarled” at him and stated Sacoolas would “by no means” return to Britain.

“I used to look as much as that establishment,” Seiger stated. “But it surely’s a bunch of henchmen making an attempt to make [Trump] look good.”

Harry Dunn, 19, was killed in August when his motorbike collided with a automotive allegedly pushed by Sacoolas in southern England. She then left Britain, though police stated that Sacoolas had beforehand advised them she wasn’t planning to depart.

Trump said at a information convention on Wednesday that Sacoolas was unintentionally driving on the mistaken aspect of the street — one thing Trump stated “occurs in Europe” as a result of drivers in England drive on the left aspect of the street as an alternative of the fitting.

The household stated that Trump was “stating the apparent” and that his feedback confirmed he didn’t perceive how a lot the accident had harm their household. They added that the president shouldn’t anticipate them to again down.

“She nonetheless must face the justice system,” Charles stated.