Donald Trump says “it happens” after U.S. diplomat kills teen while driving on the wrong side of the road
Today in, What Is The President Even Saying Anymore? — a U.S. diplomat’s wife struck and killed a 19-year-old British teenager when she was driving on the wrong side of the road and now President Trump is referring to the tragic accident as something that just “happens.”
According to The Washington Post, 19-year-old Harry Dunn died when Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. diplomat, was driving on the wrong side of the road in August in England and crashed into his motorcycle with her SUV. The woman went back to the U.S. after the incident, claiming diplomatic immunity under international law, which allows her to avoid prosecution. The boy’s parents, Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles, roped Trump in because they hope he can waive the woman’s immunity so she can be held responsible for her actions.
The president’s lack of decorum is well-documented by this point, but his handling of the incident was especially low. At a press conference in London on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, Trump said that this kind of accident just “happens.”
“The woman was driving on the wrong side of the road. And that can happen, you know. Those are the opposite roads. That happens. I won’t say it ever happened to me, but it did,” Trump claimed.
“Opposite roads.” It “happens.” It actually doesn’t just “happen,” Mr. President. Locking your keys in your car just “happens.” Committing manslaughter while driving on the wrong side of the road and then fleeing the country? Doesn’t “happen.”
“So a young man was killed. The person that was driving the automobile has diplomatic immunity. We’re going to speak to her very shortly and see if we can do something where they meet,” Trump added.
If the woman cannot be prosecuted, the parents asked Trump if they could at least have a meeting with her. Trump claimed he could make that happen, but a photographer at the news conference captured Trump’s note card which clearly stated that the woman would not return to the U.K. whatsoever.
#trumpnotes @realDonaldTrump (If Raised) Note, as @SecPompeo told Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab that the spouse of the U.S. Government employee will not return to the United Kingdom. @SkyNews pic.twitter.com/7yDUdOm3Pd
— Jabin Botsford (@jabinbotsford) October 9, 2019
After the press conference, the parents told Sky News that they were “extremely let down” by the U.S. and British governments.
“I’m deeply, deeply disappointed that they think it’s okay to kill a young lad on his bike and they can just walk away,” the boy’s father added.
Anne Sacoolas and her husband, Jonathan Sacoolas — who works at a US spy base in England — had been in the country for two weeks before the accident when she killed the teenager outside RAF Croughton, a Royal Air Force base used by the US Air Force in East Midlands, England. Sacoolas initially cooperated with police after the accident, but shortly after, the Sacoolas were flown out of a private military airbase in the U.K. The Dunn family has not heard from the Sacoola family since the incident either.