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World What happened to the Special Relationship? How Donald Trump humiliated 'friend' Boris Johnson by dismissing plea to hand over hit-and-run suspect spy's wife just 46 minutes after Downing Street talked up the pair's phonecall

00:20  11 october  2019
00:20  11 october  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Donald Trump was accused of weakening the 'Special Relationship' today after he undermined Boris Johnson and defended an American diplomat's wife for allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road and killing a British teenager.

The parents of 19-year-old Harry Dunn are demanding justice after the suspect, Anne Sacoolas, claimed diplomatic immunity and was spirited out of Britain after the crash.

Downing Street had last night raised the family's hopes, announcing that Mr Johnson had spoken to the President and 'urged him to reconsider the U.S. position' in a phone call.

But Mr Trump dashed those hopes in a press conference just 46 minutes later, joking about driving on the wrong side himself and saying: 'It happens'.

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To make matters worse, the President accidentally revealed a briefing note which stated that 'the spouse of the U.S. government employee will not return to the United Kingdom'.

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie: Hopes raised: Downing Street revealed in a statement last night that Boris Johnson (pictured today) had urged Donald Trump to 'reconsider' over the death of Harry Dunn© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hopes raised: Downing Street revealed in a statement last night that Boris Johnson (pictured today) had urged Donald Trump to 'reconsider' over the death of Harry Dunn Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Hopes dashed: Just 46 minutes after the statement was published, Mr Trump dashed the family's hopes in a press conference at the White House (pictured)© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hopes dashed: Just 46 minutes after the statement was published, Mr Trump dashed the family's hopes in a press conference at the White House (pictured)

Labour MP Wes Streeting said of Mr Trump: 'These are crass and insensitive comments that will inflict further pain and suffering on a grieving family.

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'Mrs Sacoolas should return to the UK immediately to provide answers as to what happened to Harry Dunn.

'The Special Relationship between our two countries has been the cornerstone of our mutual defence and prosperity for nearly a century. President Trump continually undermines that relationship.'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also took aim at Mr Trump, calling his comments 'crass' and 'insensitive'.

Mr Corbyn said he would 'mount legal action' in the United States if he were Prime Minister.

'For somebody to be killed in our country and the person who did it to flee to the United States and then claim diplomatic immunity is completely unacceptable,' he said.

Mr Dunn's family today branded the President 'insensitive, clumsy and oafish' and said they were 'horrified by his words'.

Speaking to Sky News about the briefing note, which Mr Trump accidentally flashed to cameras, the teenager's mother Charlotte Charles said: 'I'm just disgusted.

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'I don't see the point in Boris Johnson talking to President Trump, or President Trump even taking a call from Boris Johnson.

'If he'd already made his decision that if it were to be asked and if it were to be raised, the answer was already going to be no.

'It's just beyond any realm of any human thinking.'

Number 10 had last night put out a statement, published by the Press Association at 8.38pm, which said the two leaders would 'work together to find a way forward'.

'The Prime Minister urged the President to reconsider the US position so the individual involved can return to the UK, cooperate with police and allow Harry's family to receive justice,' the statement said.

The President said he was fully aware of the case and deeply saddened by what has happened, and he expressed his condolences to Harry's parents, who are separated.

'The leaders agreed to work together to find a way forward as soon as possible.'

a man wearing a suit and tie: Harry Dunn's mother Charlotte weeps as she and her family speak to the media yesterday© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Harry Dunn's mother Charlotte weeps as she and her family speak to the media yesterday

In Washington, Mr Trump started a wide-ranging press conference at the same moment that the statement appeared.

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Donald Trump branded a 'disgrace' who 'undermines' the Special Relationship between the UK Mr Trump said: 'Those are the opposite roads. That can happen . I won't say it ever happened to Boris Johnson must do all he can to get Trump to think again and waive diplomatic immunity in this case.

DONALD TRUMP has snubbed Boris Johnson ’ s plea to extradite the wife of an American intelligence official to the Donald Trump snubs Boris ’ plea to extradite spy ’ s wife to the UK who killed teen in crash. The accident happened , after Ms Sacoolas pulled out of RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.

At 9.24pm UK time, he was asked about the case and said: 'The woman was driving on the wrong side of the road, and that can happen.

''When you get used to driving on our system and then you're all of a sudden on the other system where you're driving - it happens. You have to be careful, very careful.

'You know, those are the opposite roads, that happens. I won't say it ever happened to me, but it did.'

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Mr Trump said officials would speak to the driver, 42-year-old Mrs Sacoolas, but reiterated that she had diplomatic immunity.

'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,' Mr Trump said.

'It was an accident, it was a terrible accident.'

The note in his pocket said that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had already informed Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab that Mrs Sacoolas would not return.

Mr Dunn's mother said: 'You would hope, being a UK citizen, that they would be the ones to help us as much as possible.

'With Donald Trump saying yesterday that every driver has driven on the wrong side of the road at some point - perhaps they have.

a group of people walking in front of a building: Charlotte Charles (left) and Tim Dunn (right), the parents of Harry Dunn, arrive with their partners at the Foreign Office today ahead of the meeting with the Foreign Secretary© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Charlotte Charles (left) and Tim Dunn (right), the parents of Harry Dunn, arrive with their partners at the Foreign Office today ahead of the meeting with the Foreign Secretary a sign on the side of a road© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

'But not every driver has travelled the distance that Anne Sacoolas did and taken the life of a 19-year-old who was completely and utterly innocent.

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Boris Johnson phoned the President to ask for diplomatic immunity to be waived. Trump spoke publicly about case for first time and rebuffed Mr Johnson ' s plea . The Prime Minister spoke to the President last night to ask him to ‘reconsider the US position’, a Downing Street spokesman said.

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'So to us, although it's a personal issue for us, it is more of a unique case than just having accidentally driven on the wrong side of the road so I'm not very happy about those throw-away comments.'

Mr Trump has generally enjoyed a warm relationship with Mr Johnson, backing him for the Conservative leadership earlier this year.

The President called the Tory politician a 'very talented person' and said the former London mayor would do a 'very good job' as Prime Minister.

As mayor, Mr Johnson had heavily criticised then-candidate Trump in 2015, saying   he would not want Londoners to face the 'risk of meeting Donald Trump'.

The latest diplomatic row has again tested the so-called Special Relationship, a term coined by Winston Churchill.

The car which crashed into Mr Dunn in August was thought to have been driving on the wrong side of the road after leaving RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire, a military base used by the U.S. Air Force.

Mrs Sacoolas, reportedly the wife of a US intelligence official, was granted immunity and flown back to America on a private jet from RAF Mildenhall.

Northamptonshire Police have also asked the US to consider waiving the diplomatic immunity.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also met Ms Charles and Harry's father Tim Dunn on Wednesday afternoon.

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Charlotte Graham, whose son Harry Dunn was hit and killed by Anne Sacoolas outside a US spy base in Britain, is 'disgusted' by the US President.Charlotte Graham, whose son Harry Dunn was hit and killed by Anne Sacoolas outside a US spy base in Britain, is 'disgusted' by the US President who said British roads are confusing for Americans and said: 'It happens'.

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