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Gov. Doug Ducey to skip Donald Trump rally in Phoenix

23 August 2017, 12:40 | Colleen Roy

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"We are grateful to welcome the president back to Arizona", Lines said.

Supporters of President Donald Trump are lined up outside the Phoenix Convention Center in advance of a planned rally by the president. The other Arizona senator, Jeff Flake, has become the poster child for Republicans who buck the president's agenda and feel his wrath on Twitter.

It will also be Trump's first rally without the guidance of his long-time chief political strategist, Steve Bannon, who was sacked last week after repeated clashes with various White House advisers over the president's first seven months in office.

Among Arizona residents who are 54 years old or younger, just 15 percent want Trump to pardon Arpaio. And she said the police department has "great working relationships" with numerous groups that expect to turn out both to support and hear the president as well as those who want to "exercise their First Amendment rights" to protest.

The only person who knows whether the president will pardon Arpaio is the president, and he himself probably won't be certain until one minute before the rally.

While the administration has received bids and selected firms to build a physical wall on the US-Mexico border, efforts to secure funding from Congress have stalled, and Trump is not guaranteed a win in the coming budget process on the issue he made central to his campaign. After Trump bashed Flake in a tweet last week and said it was "Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came to the senator's defense in his own tweet, saying he has his full support.

Arpaio's legal troubles were not a reason to discount him, Vanderhoof said.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat, asked the Republican president to postpone Tuesday's event scheduled for 7 p.m. MST in light of his response to the street battles that broke out earlier this month at a protest against the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville. He faces up to six months in prison and is to be sentenced in the fall.

"He's not totally polished and everyone tears apart his words, but you'll never have to guess what he's thinking and I like that much better than a politician who just gets up there and buoyantly lies and is bought by lobbyists", Brown said.

University officials will take "proper precautions" to ensure student and faculty safety during President Donald Trump's rally in Phoenix on Tuesday, according to a statement.

But Enrique Gutierrez, communications director for the Arizona Democratic Party, said he hopes Trump will not pardon Arpaio, who was one of the president's most prominent supporters during the election.

It appears Arpaio, like everybody else, will have to wait until Tuesday night's rally to learn what the president plans to do. Trump has been critical of McCain for voting against a Republican health care bill.

Flake said at the time he was "dumbstruck" by her comments.

"If any group or individual resorts to violence against fellow citizens or assaults members of our law enforcement community or destroys any property, prosecutors will be ready to use all applicable laws to hold people accountable for their actions, " he said. "I don't think he represents the conservative viewpoint, the constitutional viewpoint".

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