(Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump said he would “see what we can come up with” to mollify anger in the U.K. over an American woman with diplomatic immunity who killed a motorcyclist in a car accident.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson pressed Trump in a call on Wednesday to waive the woman’s immunity and make her return to Britain to face justice, his office said in a statement.
“We’re going to speak to her, the person driving the car,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday. “We’re going to speak to her and see what they can come up with so there can be some healing.”
But he called diplomatic immunity a “very complex issue” and the incident a “terrible accident.” The U.S. embassy in London issued a statement saying that immunity is “rarely waived.”
“The woman was driving on the wrong side of the road” when she struck the motorcyclist, a teenager named Harry Dunn, Trump said.
“I understand the anger on the other side,” he said.
Johnson’s office said that in the call with Trump, “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. The leaders agreed to work together to find a way forward as soon as possible.”
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