President Donald Trump has landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, ahead of his planned rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Downtown Phoenix.
Prior to him landing in Phoenix, Trump made a brief stop in Yuma.Welcome to Arizona, Mr. President! @POTUS @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/sL2tEs1ud2-- Doug Ducey (@dougducey) August 22, 2017
President Trump's landing in Phoenix
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Supporters, protesters gather near rally site
Supporters of the President are lined up outside the Phoenix Convention Center, in advance of the rally. The supporters began gathering before dawn Tuesday, and many in the crowd wore Trump pins, "Make America Great Again" hats, and shirts bearing images of the Statue of Liberty,.
The crowd gathered just a block away from where opponents of the President outlined their plans to peaceably protest his policies on the environment, immigration, the border wall and what some called "an assault on civil rights."
No pardon for Arpaio, despite speculation
Some have speculated that President Trump will use the downtown rally to announce a pardon for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt for disregarding an Arizona judge's order in 2011 to stop his anti-immigrant traffic patrols, and Trump has previously told Fox News he is "seriously considering" a pardon for the controversial sheriff, who was voted out of office in 2016.
On Tuesday, however, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Air Force One that there would be no discussion of a pardon, and no action taken on that front at any point on Tuesday.White House spokesperson @PressSec says there will be NO pardon for #JoeArpaio at tonight's #TrumpRally. #fox10phoenix-- Marc Martinez (@marcfox10) August 22, 2017 Trump will not pardon Arpaio at Phoenix rally, White House says - via @brookefoxnewshttps://t.co/iuXT3E0Rdd-- Fox News (@FoxNews) August 22, 2017
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