Trump defends controversial pardon of former Arizona sheriff

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Mr Trump said he had anticipated Monday's question and proceeded to read, from some pre-prepared notes, a list controversial pardons and commutations by previous presidents.

"Well, a lot of people think it was the right thing to do", Trump said in a White House press conference when asked to respond to broad criticism, including some in his own party, over the pardon.

The 85-year-old former Maricopa County sheriff, meanwhile, has a long history of flirting with runs for higher office. His more controversial moves have included the jailing of illegal immigrants in tent cities and chain gangs for women inmates.

Trump went on to say that he thought Arpaio had been treated "unbelievably unfairly", especially given that he's a "great veteran of the military, a great law enforcement person", according to CNN. He added that Arpaio is "loved in Arizona". The president and Mr. Arpaio share a hard line on illegal immigration and unapologetic support of the police, and the former sheriff was an ardent backer of Mr. Trump's campaign past year.

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"Daily Show" host Trevor Noah on Monday ripped President Trump for pardoning Joe Arpaio, saying he's sending a message that his allies are above the law. "Commuted the sentence and perhaps pardoned".

However, Flake, bordered by President Trump's antics, wrote a candid book earlier this year in which he frankly warned that Trump is betraying conservative principles, and showing "affection for authoritarians and strongmen".

"Then you have risky criminals". Trump also mentioned Chelsea Manning, who leaked sensitive diplomatic documents to Wikileaks and whose sentence President Barack Obama commuted in January. During the campaign, Trump said that Mexico would pay for the wall, something Mexican officials have repeatedly dismissed as a nonstarter.

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On the wall, Trump declined to back down from recent threats that he would allow the government to shut down if Congress refuses to provide more money for the wall.

"I have no intention on running for anything", said Arpaio. "If it's necessary, we'll have to see".

Asked if he viewed Russian Federation as a security threat, Trump demurred, saying he views many nations as security threats, but declining to mention Russian Federation by name.

Arpaio said that supporters have urged him to run against U.S. Senator Jeff Flake.

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