August 28, 2017 / 9:08 PM / a year ago

Trump defends Arpaio pardon, criticizes actions by Obama, Clinton

WASHINGTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday defended his granting a pardon to controversial former Arizona lawman and political ally Joe Arpaio, and criticized former Democratic presidents for their choices of people to pardon.

“A lot of people think it was the right thing to do,” the Republican said of Friday’s pardon of Arpaio.

Trump, during a news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, criticized actions by former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, including Obama’s commutation of the final 28 years of Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence for passing secrets to WikiLeaks in the largest breach of classified information in U.S. history. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; editing by Grant McCool)

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