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Trump aides appear to distance themselves from his Charlottesville remarks, but defend Arpaio pardon

Trump aides appear to distance themselves from his Charlottesville remarks, but defend Arpaio pardon

The White House on Sunday defended President Trump’s divisive pardon of a former Arizona sheriff who had engaged in racial profiling, even as cracks began to appear within the administration over the president’s response to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va.

As the outcry over Trump’s leadership on race continued to mount, his secretary of State and a top homeland security advisor appeared — unusually — to distance themselves from the president’s post-Charlottesville statements, in contrast to the full-throated defense most administration officials had previously offered.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” was asked about a United...

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