US president said the former Arizona sheriff, who faced possible jail time for defying order to stop racially profiling Latinos, did ‘a great job’

Donald Trump has defended his widely condemned decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, calling the former sheriff in Arizona a “patriot” and launching a counter-attack on past presidential pardons.

Trump has received bipartisan criticism for sparing Arpaio, one of the most divisive law enforcement figures in the US, possible jail time for defying a court order to stop racially profiling Latino people.

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