The White House announced that President Trump doesn’t plan to pardon Joe Arpaio aka “America’s toughest sheriff” during his rally in Arizona on Tuesday. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the Commander in Chief would not act or discuss Arpaio’s situation that day.
There Will Be No Official Announcement in Arizona
Trump’s spokeswoman said Tuesday on Air Force One that there would be no discussion about that topic and no action would be taken on Tuesday evening in Phoenix, AZ.
Last week, the president told the media that was ‘seriously’ thinking about pardoning the former Maricopa County Sheriff, who was convicted of criminal contempt of court and sentenced to six months in jail in July.
On Monday, the former sheriff told reporters that he had no idea on whether the president would get him out of prison.
So what’s the scoop? Will he pardon me? Who knows, I don’t know,
Arpaio said in an NBC News interview.
On Tuesday evening, Trump visited Phoenix for a campaign-style rally which is part of his reelection efforts. The former lawman told CNN that Trump hadn’t invited him to the event.
A Pardon May Be in the Making
Trump, however, did mention Arpaio in his Arizona speech. At one point, he rhetorically asked whether people in the room liked the former sheriff. “I think he’s going to be just fine,” the President replied to himself.
He also praised Arpaio for his fight against undocumented immigrants. Trump described him as a great patriot before expressing sadness over “what has happened to him.” He genuinely thinks that no one in the local law enforcement has done more than Arapio did about illegal immigration.
Even though Trump did not announce an official pardon, he provided hints that a pardon of his campaign surrogate and longtime ally may be in the making.
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