Trump on Pardoning Arpaio During Hurricane: I ‘Assumed the Ratings Would Be Far Higher’

During his press conference with the Finnish president, President Trump faced questions about the controversy surrounding his decision to pardon Joe Arpaio for his contempt of court.

When Fox’s John Roberts asked why he pardoned the Arizona sheriff in the middle of Hurricane Harvey, Trump said he “assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally [because] the hurricane was just starting.” Trump went on to praise Arpaio for his tough law enforcement record, and he said Arpaio was “treated unbelievably unfairly” before he lost his position as sheriff of Maricopa County.

As Trump continued to applaud Arpaio, he eventually brought out a litany of controversial pardons and commuted sentences offered by his presidential predecessors. The president concluded by saying Arpaio was “very unfairly treated by the Obama Administration” and he stands by his decision to pardon the sheriff.

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