The Fate Of Joe Arpaio Continues To Hang On The Balance As Trump Considers Shutdown
President Donald Trump has lately been issuing a number of statements and it is easy to tell from them that he might soon pardon Joe Arpaio. The colorful former Arizona sheriff was two weeks ago found guilty by a court of law after he failed to abide by its ruling. It had ordered him to stop traffic patrols which had been directed towards a number of the suspected undocumented immigrants and by defying the order he was regarded as being in contempt of the legal body.
On Sunday, the president opined, “So was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?” Trump asked the crowd. “You know what, I’ll make a prediction: I think he’s going to be just fine, okay? But I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy. But Sheriff Joe should feel good.”
The United State’s leader seemed convinced beyond any reasonable cloud of doubt that indeed the Sheriff was a great American patriot that had gone beyond what is usual to try and fight against illegal immigration. Trump expressed disappointment in what had happened to the Sheriff.
If indeed Trump stands true to his word, the pardon may be given in a matter of days. Arpaio, 85, despite the court order had gone ahead to maintain the law enforcement patrols for 17 months thereafter.
Trump has also expressed frustration with efforts to negotiate with Mexico and Canada to improve NAFTA and it goes without saying that he might soon be terminating the deal. He has also blamed the various “obstructionist Democrats” saying that it was terrible that they had the guts to stand in the way of the funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall .Trump said that a government shutdown might be crucial to force their hand.
The Republican leaders have remained defiant to the president’s call to end the filibuster rule requiring 60 votes for many issues in the U.S. Trump referred to the media as “sick people” blaming it for the way it ends up misreporting matters every time. He affirmed that in Charlottesville he had been speaking forcefully against bigotry and violence and hatred.