Trump de­fends de­ci­sion to par­don Ari­zona’s Ar­paio

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - PAGE TWO -

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-her­

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