Trump says 'massive' cheering crowd proves he was right to pardon Arpaio

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Trump praised Arpaio in a White House press conference Monday where he defended his pardon. He was scheduled to be sentenced in October, and faced up to six months in prison.

Arpaio's pardon appalled critics, warning it would only serve to divide a country still languishing in the effect of Trump's controversial remarks on racial unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia a fortnight ago. I think it's a good thing if we have great relationships, or at least good relationships, with Russian Federation. "And I put it out that I had pardoned, as we call, Sheriff Joe".

The Arizona lawman had been convicted of criminal contempt for ignoring a federal judge's order to stop racially profiling Hispanic suspects he assumed were illegal immigrants, something Trump refers to as being "very strong on borders".

"You know, for a guy who's not racist, Donald Trump sure has a lot of racist friends", said Noah.

And if you look at - as an example, President Clinton pardoned Marc Rich, who was charged with crimes going back decades, including illegally buying oil from Iran while it held 53 American hostages - wasn't allowed to do that - selling to the enemies of the United States. "When I mentioned him the other night, you saw the massive crowd we had". Arpaio has always been accused of profiling and using inhumane tactics, and the decision to pardon him drew bipartisan criticism, including from Arizona's two Republican senators.

Noah brought up how Democrats and Republicans alike have condemned the Arpaio pardon, adding that the former sheriff claimed he was anti-illegal immigration but is "really just anti-being a decent human being". 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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Congress has shown no interest in shutting down the government over the wall. On Monday, Trump explained the reasoning behind his choice. The people went insane when I said, "What do you think of Sheriff Joe?" or something to that effect.

He dismissed any concerns that federal funding for hurricane relief would be tied to negotiations over funding the government past September 30, or that it could in any way be linked to a government shutdown.

"It all came true, so I don't forget that", Arpaio said. "But I hope that's not necessary".

Trump also remained defiant on two other issues that have come up frequently in his presidency - the proposal to build a larger border wall with Mexico and his relationship with Russian Federation.

Every president makes at least one controversial pardon.

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