Trump defends decision to pardon Arizona’s Arpaio
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, calling the former Arizona sheriff a “patriot” who loves his country.
Asked about his controversial pardon during a joint press conference with the president of Finland, Trump insisted “a lot of people” think he made the right call. He said Arpaio did a “great job for the people of Arizona” and argued that he was treated “unbelievable unfairly” by the Obama administration.
“He’s done a great job for the people of Arizona. He is very strong on borders, very strong on illegal immigration. He is loved in Arizona,” Trump said.
Trump’s decision drew criticism from both sides of the aisle, and renewed allegations that he has little respect for an independent judiciary. Find more briefs online at www.hawaiitribune-herald.com.