The case of Harry Dunn – the 19-year-old U.K. citizen killed in a traffic accident with the wife of a U.S. diplomat – took a big step forward. On Tuesday, Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles, Harry Dunn’s parents, met with President Donald Trump at the White House.

According to reports, Trump offered the family a chance to speak with the woman, Anne Sacoolas, who claimed diplomatic immunity and fled to the U.S. after being involved in an accident that killed their son on Aug. 27. Sacoolas was waiting in another room. A representative for the family said that they turned down the offer when they realized it was meant to be a sort of publicity stunt.

“We weren't ready to meet her, it would have been too rushed,” Dunn said. “It's not what we wanted; we wanted a meeting with her in the U.K.”

Both the family and many in the U.K. government – up to and including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – have called for Trump to step in and extradite Sacoolas to the U.K. for a proper trial. Charles believed the meeting they were invited to was meant not to help their cause but try and smooth over the problems.

“I did think they were trying to do that – certainly by having Mrs. Sacoolas there,” Charles said. “I think maybe they were thinking that would be enough for us. We're seven weeks on and it's just not enough.”

Trump said that "we are trying to work something out."

"We’re going to speak to [Sacoolas] and see what we can come up with so that there can be some healing. There’s tremendous anger over it. It’s a terrible incident. There’s tremendous anger, and I understand the anger from the other side very much," Trump said.

Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn (pictured in London) said Trump seemed sympathetic in their surprise meeting at the White House Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn (pictured in London) said Trump seemed sympathetic in their surprise meeting at the White House Photo: AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS