President Donald Trump has Hollywood screaming over two controversial moves he made in one night.
On Friday evening, POTUS pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of criminal contempt last month after illegally targeting Latinos in Arizona. Around the same time, Trump also signed a directive banning transgender military recruits, following his July pledge to ban transgender people from serving in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.
Here's Trump's official White House statement regarding Arpaio:
Today, President Donald J. Trump granted a Presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Arpaio's life and career, which began at the age of 18 when he enlisted in the military after the outbreak of the Korean War, exemplify selfless public service. After serving in the Army, Arpaio became a police officer in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, NV and later served as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), formerly the Bureau of Narcotics. After 25 years of admirable service, Arpaio went on to lead the DEA's branch in Arizona.
In 1992, the problems facing his community pulled Arpaio out of retirement to return to law enforcement. He ran and won a campaign to become Sheriff of Maricopa County. Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life's work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.
Here's Trump's official tweet regarding Arpaio:
I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He kept Arizona safe!