Paul Ryan Breaks With Trump; Says He Doesn’t Agree With Arpaio Pardon
House Speaker Paul Ryan does not approve of President Trump‘s decision to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his contempt of court.
“The speaker does not agree with the decision,” Ryan spokesman Doug Andres said to Wall Street Journal. “Law-enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States. We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon.”
Trump pardoned Arpaio after the Arizona sheriff refused to obey court orders to stop racially-profiling Latinos during traffic stops. The president has drawn major flak for the pardon, and his critics include Arizona Republican senators John McCain and Jeff Flake.
Trump’s relationship with Ryan seems to have grown rocky again over the past few days. Ryan said Trump “messed up” with how he handled the aftermath of Charlottesville, and the president recently called Ryan out on Twitter for not raising the debt ceiling.
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