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Phoenix prepares for President Trump rally

Phoenix prepares for President Trump rallyā€¯

He said he was expecting tens of thousands of people downtown but said that's not unusual for the city.

It appears Arpaio, like everybody else, will have to wait until Tuesday night's rally to learn what the president plans to do.

Adding to it, Trump told Fox News he was "seriously considering" pardoning former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

"Let me answer it this way: When you've seen other rallies, if you will, before, you've never seen that type of going together type of environment, " she said.

"I am fully confident that we have the right team in place to make that happen", Mayor Greg Stanton said, flanked by local law enforcement leaders. Scarpinato said in a statement that he's focused on working with law enforcement to ensure a safe event in downtown Phoenix for all involved.

In anticipation of Trump's trip, the political world was buzzing about not just whether the President would set off controversy in Phoenix - but which specific hot-button clash he could wade into.

Might Trump lead chants of "build the wall", returning to the animating promise of his 2016 campaign at a time members of Congress are facing an end-of-September deadline to fund the government while knowing that including any money for a border wall could cost them votes? That poses a dilemma for Republicans like Gov. Doug Ducey on whether to take the stage at the Trump rally while running for re-election. Nor have they issued any alerts about the possibility of out-of-state extremist groups planning to attend, Williams said.

Trump is scheduled to visit a Marine Corps base along the U.S. -Mexico border before flying to Phoenix for his 7 p.m. rally at the Phoenix Convention Center.

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"I would not be surprised if the president does this that it actually has nothing to do with Arpaio, but actually has to with him setting the standard of pardons, so he can eventually start pardoning his family and all of the people within his campaign that helped collaborate with the Russians", Mr. Gallego said.

He called the 85-year-old sheriff, defeated in the last election, a "great American patriot" who had "done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration".

"If the president himself is supporting a challenger to Jeff, it's a serious problem", said Coughlin, who has been polling voters about the intra-party turmoil that has unsettled the race. "Who knows", Arpaio said in a phone interview with NBC News.

Arpaio told NBC News that he's been kept in the dark on what Trump plans to do.

Neither Mr. Flake nor Mr. McCain, both of whom last week tweeted about their apparent disapproval of Mr. Trump's comments on Charlottesville, is expected to attend. "Don't get me wrong, white people have been doing very well for themselves for the past few hundred years", Noah said, citing the light bulb, air travel, and Macklemore wining the best rap Grammy. Flake was slammed by the president as "toxic" on his typical early morning Twitter last Thursday.

Gallego is anxious that Trump will go through with it because "he knows the white nationalists are really pissed off because he just fired the head white nationalist in Steve Bannon".

Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles says more than 1,000 agents have hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowance.

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