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Trump tried to use meeting with bereaved parents as ‘a stunt’; they said they’d been ambushed

CNN reports:

The grieving parents of a British teenager say they are “extremely angry” and feel they have been “taken advantage of” after a highly choreographed White House encounter with US President Donald Trump — where he presented them with an unexpected offer to meet the woman involved in the crash that killed their son.

The family says that Trump surprised them with the “bombshell” news that Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US diplomat stationed in the UK, was in an adjoining room. Photographers were waiting in the wings, said a family spokesman, who described the encounter as an ambush.

UK police said Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity in the aftermath of the crash that killed Harry Dunn, 19, and left the country three weeks later. Through her attorney, she apologized for a “tragic mistake.” Police say their investigation is not yet complete.

Dunn’s parents are in the US this week to make the case that Sacoolas should be returned to Britain to face justice, and met with Trump at the White House on Tuesday.

“President Trump came off as a very warm, engaging guy, he makes you feel really special,” Radd Seiger, the family’s spokesperson, told CNN. “But once the pleasantries were over, and we sat down, he said: ‘Let’s cut to the chase. You want to meet Mrs. Sacoolas. I can make that happen.”

“She was next door. It was a shock,” he added. [Continue reading…]

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