Harry Dunn's family reject Donald Trump payoff

Harry Dunn’s family say Donald Trump was ‘standing by ready to write a cheque’ and tried to pay them off when they visited the White House to beg for ‘killer’ Anne Sacoolas to be extradited over death crash

  • Harry Dunn’s mother said money would not bring her 19-year-old son back
  • Family spokesman said President Trump was ‘standing by ready to write cheque’
  • Harry was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car outside RAF Croughton 
  • Suspect Anne Sacoolas, 42, left UK afterwards and claimed diplomatic immunity

Harry Dunn, 19, (pictured) died near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire

The family of Harry Dunn has revealed President Trump ‘offered them a cheque’ after the 19-year-old was ‘killed’ by an American woman driving on the wrong side of the road. 

Harry Dunn’s mother said money ‘would not bring her son back’ after the family spokesman claimed President Donald Trump was ‘standing by, ready to write a cheque’. 

Harry was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27. 

Trump is said to have made the gesture when the family travelled to the White House to fight the diplomatic immunity granted to 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas, who left the UK after the crash. 

Charlotte Charles said money was ‘absolutely the last thing we want’ as they continued their fight for justice. 

The family’s spokesman Radd Seiger has today revealed that their meeting at the White House on October 15 ended with the President telling him that Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin was ‘all lined up to get the cheque ready’. 

Mr Seiger said the more he thought about the President’s words, ‘the more shocking it was’.


Anne Sacoolas, who has been hiding on a base in America, last week met with detectives from Northamptonshire in the US about the death of Harry Dunn who have handed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service

US President Donald Trump with senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner

Harry Dunn, pictured in January 2014, with his newborn niece Lola Harber

On Thursday, Mrs Charles and Harry’s father Tim Dunn met Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Stephen Mold to discuss the conduct of the force’s Chief Constable Nick Adderley throughout the investigation into their son’s death.

After the meeting Mr Mold admitted there were lessons to be learned from the investigation and said he would look at ways in which the family could be more supported.

Speaking to PA after Mr Mold’s visit, Mrs Charles said: ‘It’s harder to lie and withhold information and it’s easier to tell the truth.

‘That’s all we want. We want her (Mrs Sacoolas) to come back and we want the systems all the way around it to just tell us the truth.’

Asked if a cheque from Mr Trump would help them, Mrs Charles said: ‘No it’s not. It’s not going to bring Harry back.

‘Justice has to be done. They all need to learn that this can’t happen again and they need to learn that things need to be put into place to stop this.

‘No-one should suffer over and above the loss of a loved one. It’s enough to cope with that but it’s absolutely the last thing we want.

‘We’re doing it because we’d be letting other people down if we didn’t and we’d be letting Harry down if we didn’t.’

The teenager was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car driven by US diplomat’s wife Anne Sacoolas, 42, outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire (pictured) on August 27

(Left to right) Bruce Charles and Charlotte Charles (Harry’s mother), lawyer Radd Seiger, Tim Dunn (Harry’s father) and Tracey Dunn at a press conference at the Parker New York Hotel in New York, US, where Charlotte Charles said that Anne Sacoolas, the American woman suspected of causing her son’s death, should be brought back to the UK to face justice 

Asked if their position had changed on how they wanted the case resolved, Harry’s father said: ‘Of all the things that are going on, for me – she still comes back to the UK and faces the justice system.

‘It’s frustrating. It is frustrating – they must see there’s something not right. Why are they making it difficult?

‘Why are they not just coming out with the information with how this has happened?

‘I don’t understand why they are making us fight for this information – it doesn’t make any sense to me at all.’

Despite the family’s objectives remaining the same, Mr Seiger told PA their legal fight was only just beginning – saying it was clear that the US administration were ‘expecting to pay the bill’.


Harry Dunn’s mother Charlotte Charles, left, and father Tim Dunn, right 

Speaking about the family’s trip to the White House last month, Mr Seiger said: ‘This is effectively what Trump said to me in the White House – he said Steven Mnuchin is standing by ready to write a cheque.

‘So clearly the government are expecting to pay the bill.

‘It was almost as if he let it slip out. When he said ‘we’ve got the driver here’, he basically meant we’re all going to have a big hug and a kiss and I’ll get my Treasury guy to write a cheque.

‘That’s how it was. On the day it just didn’t register with me but the more I think about those words, the more shocking it is.

‘In not so many words, he turned to Robert O’Brien and he said something like ‘the Treasury are all lined up to get the cheque ready aren’t they Robert?’ – or words to that effect.’

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