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President Donald Trump speaks at a "Make America Great Again," rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump said Sheriff Joe Arpaio is 'going to be just fine'


Updated August 22, 2017 11:48 PM EDT

Riot police are standing guard outside the Phoenix Convention Center where Trump just spoke.

Updated August 22, 2017 11:48 PM EDT

President Donald Trump spent a majority of his speech lashing out at the media for its portrayal of his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump took a few minutes to re-read his statements he delivered following the white nationalist rally, but omitted the statement where he blamed "both sides" for the violence.

In addition to hinting that he will grant a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Trump threatened to shut down the government unless Congress provides funding for his proposed border wall.

He also took the opportunity to subtly call out Arizona Republican Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain, who have both been critical of Trump.

"I have a message for Congress tonight," Trump said. "You need to represent [voters] on the border, on taxes, on health care, and on every other issue that affects their lives."

Trump said he wouldn't name the Senators but subtly criticized McCain for his "no" vote on the Senate bill to repeal Obamacare and implied that Flake was weak on crime and border security.

Trump also said the Senate should get rid of the legislative filibuster.

Updated August 22, 2017 10:53 PM EDT

President Trump said controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio "is going to be just fine."

Trump had suggested earlier in the week that he was considering a pardon for Arpaio who was convicted of criminal contempt in court.

"I won't do it tonight, because I don't want to do any controversy. But Sheriff Joe can feel good," Trump said at a rally in Arizona.

Updated August 22, 2017 10:07 PM EDT

Updated August 22, 2017 09:25 PM EDT

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Updated August 22, 2017 09:04 PM EDT

Arizonans are bracing for President Trump's first rally in the state since the 2016 election and his first since he drew criticism for comments he made about racist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump will give a speech in Pheonix Tuesday night and is expected to tout his plans for a border wall and a crackdown on illegal immigration.

Thousands of protesters are expected to march near the rally following Trump's suggestion that "both sides" were at fault for the violent clashes in Charlottesville. Trump has also suggested that he could pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt in court.

Pro-Trump events are also being planned in the area and police have said they are preparing for any clashes.

In a statement, Jeri Williams, the police chief in Phoenix said the department would have "maximum staffing" during the rally.

Trump could also use the rally to lash out at Arizona Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain who have been some of his biggest Republican critics on Capitol Hill.

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