The president defended the timing of his pardon of the former Arizona sheriff who was convicted of his hard-line tactics against illegal immigration.
In a joint news conference with the president of Finland, President Trump defended his controversial pardoning of the former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Read about how the other side thinks, with opinions from across the political spectrum on President Trump’s pardon of the former Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff.
President Trump has signaled that taking the law into one’s own hands is permissible, within the executive branch or in local police departments, or even against a heckler at one of his rallies.
He served six terms as sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona before earning a criminal conviction and a presidential pardon. The Times first covered him in 1994.
While Democrats said the pardon signaled tolerance for bigotry, at least one Republican said it was the right thing to do.