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President Donald Trump addressed supporters in Phoenix, Arizona late Tuesday, attacking the media for criticism of his response to violence in Charlottesville, the US Senate's filibuster procedure, and Arizona Senator John McCain for his vote against an attempt to repeal Obamacare.
Running at one hour and 16 minutes, the address was once again in stark contrast to scripted remarks issued just a day earlier on the president's new strategy for the war in Afghanistan.
Immigration continued to be a prominent topic, with Trump threatening to "close down [the] government" if it was required to ensure the construction of his promised border wall with Mexico. He also used the occasion to suggest he would soon issue a pardon for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. The White House said Tuesday that the president would not announce a pardon at his rally. “Do the people here like Sheriff Joe?” Trump asked the crowd. “Was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job? I’ll make a prediction. I think he’s gonna be just fine. But I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy. But Sheriff Joe can feel good."
The ex-sheriff was convicted of criminal contempt for disobeying a court order to end patrols that often target immigrants.
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