Trump defends decision to pardon Joe Arpaio

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President Trump and former sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Source: Associated Press) President Trump and former sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Source: Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) -

President Donald Trump is defending his decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, calling the former Arizona sheriff a "patriot" who loves his country.

Trump was asked about his controversial decision during a joint press conference with the president of Finland on Monday.

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Trump says Arpaio did a "great job for the people of Arizona" but was treated "very unfairly" by the Obama administration.

He's also pointing to controversial pardons by previous presidents.

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Trump adds that he stands by his pardon and says, "I think the people of Arizona who really know him best would agree with me."

Arpaio faced a possible jail sentence due to a federal conviction stemming from his immigration patrols.

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