WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump strongly hinted at pardoning controversial former Sheriff Joe Arpaio during a campaign style rally in Phoenix Arizona Tuesday night.
Arpaio, the former Sheiff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, faces six months in prison after being found guilty of criminal contempt for refusing to halt police practices deemed racial profiling.
Trump, however, suggested that Arpaio was simply doing his job.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One en-route to Arizona that the President would not announce Arpaio’s pardon from stage.
“There will be no discussion of that today at any point and no action will be taken on that front at any point today,” Sanders said.
Trump technically stayed true to his press secretary’s words, but emphasized that it would likely be coming soon.
“I won’t do it tonight, because I don’t want to cause any controversy,but Sheriff Joe can feel good,” Trump said.
Arpaio, a vocal hardliner on illegal immigration, endorsed Trump for President early last year.