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Trump Defends Pardons of Sheriff Arpaio, Points to Clinton and Obama’s Pardons

During a Monday press conference, President Donald Trump defended his pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who he said was a “patriot” that “loves our country.”

“I stand by my pardon of Sheriff Joe,” Trump said after complimenting the sheriff and listing allegedly controversial pardons from previous Democratic presidents.

Fox News Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts asked Trump how he would respond to critics, within and outside the Republican Party, of his decision to pardon Arpaio.

“Well, a lot of people think it was the right thing to do,” Trump responded. “I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally.”

The president further touted Arpaio’s work in Arizona:

“He’s done a great job for the people of Arizona. He’s very strong on borders, very strong on illegal immigration. He is loved in Arizona … When I mentioned him the other night — you saw the massive crowd we had — the people went crazy when I said ‘What do you think of Sheriff Joe’ or something to that effect. The place went absolutely crazy when I was in Arizona last week … Sheriff Joe is a great veteran of the military, great law enforcement person, somebody that’s won many, many elections in the state of Arizona.”

After his praise of Arpaio, Trump called out former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama for the decisions they made with respect to alleged criminals. Trump suggested that Clinton pardoned Marc Rich because his wife donated to Clinton. Obama, Trump also said, commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who admitted to transferring classified material to Wikileaks.