Updated: Trump denounces hate groups, Democrats

United States President Donald Trump reiterated that he denounced hate groups during a rally in the US city of Phoenix in the state of Arizona.

Watch the speech live here

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Trump spent the first 30 minutes of the rally defending his previous comments on Charlottesville and attacking the “fake news media”.

“The media can attack me, but when I draw the line is when they attack you, our supporters,” Trump told a large crowd gathered in the Phoenix Convention Center.

However, Trump praised Fox News and one of it’s popular anchors, Sean Hannity. The president also called the Fox and Friends show, which is seen as having bias towards Trump, fair and honest.

“Fox and friends is the best show and it’s the most honest show,” Trump said. He pointed out media camera’s towards the back of the rally, saying major networks such as CNN would not want viewers to hear his speech.


Trump promises Arpaio pardon

President Donald Trump asked the crowd of mostly supporters whether they wanted Sheriff Joe Arpaio released from jail where he is being held under criminal contempt.

Known as ‘America’s toughest sheriff”, Mr Arpaio, 85, was accused of violating a court order in a racial profiling case by continuing patrols targeting immigrants.


Trump defends wall

Mr Trump warned Democrats that the wall would move ahead even if the government had to shut down.

“Let me be very clear to Democrats standing in the way of the wall, you are putting every American at risk,” Trump told the crowd.


Healthcare

“The Democrats have no ideas, no policy and no vision for the country,” Trump said in regards to healthcare.

The president lamented over the failed “repeal and replace” effort to withdraw the Affordable Healthcare Act, or “Obamacare”.


 

More details to follow. 

 

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