Slideshow 'I Stand by My Pardon of Sheriff Joe': Trump Slams Obama, Clinton for Their Clemency Decisions
President Trump fired back Monday at critics of his decision to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, claiming the clemency decisions made by his two Democratic predecessors were far more problematic.
“I stand by my pardon of Sheriff Joe,” Trump said at a White House press conference.
Clearly anticipating a question about the pardon, Trump read from prepared notes as he countered the bipartisan criticism by rattling off the controversial commutations and pardons issued by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
“President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who leaked countless sensitive and classified documents,” Trump said, calling Manning a “criminal leaker.”