Big protests expected as Trump goes to Phoenix for rally

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On the background call, a White House official would not say whether the president plans to offer Mr. Arpaio such a pardon.

Demonstrators gather outside the Phoenix, Arizona, Convention Center where US President Donald Trump will be speaking at a "Make America Great Again" rally on August 22, 2017. After a man plowed his auto into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, killing a woman, Trump was widely criticized for his remarks that blamed both sides for violence.

He revved up the crowd with criticism of journalists, who he said did not report what he had said.

Promising tax reform, Trump said, "We are committed the passing the first major tax reform in 30 years". "A wound inflicted upon one member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all".

"It's embarrassing - and I don't mean for us, the media, because he went after us, but for the country". A Craigslist ad posted on Sunday sought actors to pose as Trump supporters to attend his rally this week. He did not repeat his call for blame on "many sides".

At different points, the crowd chanted "USA!" In one exchange, a Trump supporter and protester shoved each other.

Appropriately for a president who comes from the world of reality TV, Trump is apparently keeping Arpaio in suspense. "Someone who came out on stage and lied directly to the American people".

"I believe the true intention is really inflame people's passion to further divide the country and that's why I said the president should delay this trip to Phoenix", Stanton said.

"These are sick people", he continued. You know what, I'll make a prediction: I think he's going to be just fine, OK?

Trump said Ducey was a "hell of a governor".

He, however, praised Fox News for its coverage of his presidency.

After the extended diatribe against the press, the president switched gears.

Arpaio, who was sheriff of Phoenix-based Maricopa County for 24 years, was convicted this summer month of contempt of court, for violating a federal judge's order to stop racially profiling and arresting Latinos.

Trump always found large, energetic audiences when he campaigned in Arizona, and his supporters inside the Phoenix Convention Center tonight were no different.

"I was outside and nothing was happening when a cop just threw a smoke bomb and dispersed everybody", Misha Smith, 42, said outside the convention center. Trump said of Arpaio.

Trump repeatedly said during his rally that the crowd outside "was small".

Meanwhile, hundreds of other protesters climbed the stairs of the parking lot across the street from the convention center to watch the crowds from higher up.

Before flying to Phoenix, the state capital, Trump landed in Yuma, Arizona, near the Mexican border, for a tour of border security facilities.

This is the person we elected as president of the United States? Trump has encourages Ward to run against incumbent Senator Jeff Flake, one of the first prominent, sitting elected Republican's to rebuke Trump for some of his stands and actions.

Flake also wouldn't directly answer questions about whether Trump is right to seemingly endorse his primary challenger in his 2018 re-election bid.

The two senators have not warmed to Trump since he took office. Trump is considering pardoning Arpaio's recent criminal conviction. He slammed his fellow Republicans for their "unnerving silence in the face of an erratic executive branch".