The parents of British teenager Harry Dunn met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday, only to be told that the woman British police say was involved in the car crash that killed their son was ready to meet them. Dunn, 19, was killed Aug. 27 when his motorcycle was struck by a car police say was being driven by American Anne Sacoolas on the wrong side of the road, the Washington Post reports. Sacoolas, 42, the wife of a U.S. government official, claimed diplomatic immunity, which allowed her to return to the U.S. Dunn’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, told CBS News on Wednesday that they had no idea they were meeting with the president and had been invited to the White House to meet with “a senior official.”
Dunn’s parents say Trump offered his condolences before alerting them that Sacoolas was in the building. “It took your breath away when he mentioned it the first time,” Dunn’s father said. With no prior knowledge that a meeting had been set up, Dunn’s parents declined to participate, saying that a meeting should occur on British soil at a time when they felt prepared. “We’ve said all along we are willing to meet her, but it has to be with therapists and mediators. And that’s not just for us; it’s for her as well,” said Charles. “To be thrown into a room together with no prior warning, that’s not good for her mental health, and it’s certainly not good for ours.” Dunn’s father said, “There was a bit of pressure, but we stuck to our guns,” saying Trump asked them two or three times to meet with Sacoolas. The Dunn case has triggered controversy in Britain and thrust the concept of diplomatic immunity into the spotlight.