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FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was joined by Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of metro Phoenix, during a news Trump was just a few weeks into his candidacy in 2015 when came to Phoenix for a speech that ended up being a bigger moment in his campaign than most people realized at the time. And now Trump is coming back to Arizona at another crucial moment in his presidency. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Joe Arpaio said he hasn’t been invited to Trump’s rally tonight in Arizona


Former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he is not attending President Trump’s Tuesday rally in Phoenix.

“I haven’t been invited,” he told CNN, adding he would attend the event should he receive an invitation.

Arpaio added it is Trump’s decision when asked if he has any comment on a possible presidential pardon.

Trump is traveling to Arizona on Tuesday to tour a Border Patrol facility in Yuma and then conduct a campaign-style rally in Phoenix.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (D) last week cautioned Trump against pardoning Arpaio, who is known for his hardline immigration positions.

“If President Trump is coming to Phoenix to announce a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, then it will be clear his true intent is to enflame emotions and further divide our nation,” he said in a statement.

Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt last month after his Maricopa County office was ordered to stop racially profiling Latinos.

The former sheriff was an early supporter of Trump during last year’s presidential race, siding with him on topics including border security and illegal immigration.

Trump told Fox News Sunday earlier this month that he is “seriously considering” a pardon for Arpaio.

“[Arpaio] has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration,” he said at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club. “He’s a great American and I hate to see what has happened to him.”

Arpaio lost his bid for a seventh term as sheriff of Maricopa County in November, the same month Trump won the presidency.

CNN reported that Arpaio, 85, could face up to six months in jail when he is sentenced October 5.

Arpaio’s attorneys have said they would appeal the verdict to get the ex-law enforcement official a jury trial.

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