White House spokesman Hogan Gidley insisted on Thursday that the parents of a British teen killed by the wife of a U.S. diplomat were wrong in their description of their meeting with President Donald Trump.
The family of 19-year-old Harry Dunn met with Trump at the White House this week, saying afterward that he and his aides pressured Dunn’s parents to meet the woman who caused the car accident that killed him.
Anne Sacoolas was reportedly also at the White House that night.
The family refused to meet Sacoolas and subsequently described Trump’s offer as an “ambush”, calling it “terrifying”.
But Gidley said that description is merely their opinion and nothing like the way Trump characterized the meeting.
“He wasn’t trying to ambush anybody,” Gidley said. “The fact is he wanted to offer his condolences.”
The official went on to say that Trump did not apply pressure on the family to meet Sacoolas, adding, “He was wonderful in that setting.”
Gidley did not outright accuse the family of lying but said they are “entitled to their own opinion” about the visit.