President Donald Trump will tour a border patrol station in Yuma, Arizona on Tuesday, championing the administration's promise to reduce the flow of illegal migrants across the southern border.
Among them are the deep divisions in the country.
Afterward, he spent about 20 minutes greeting service members in the gruelling heat signing caps with his "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan and posing for selfies on the tarmac just steps from Air Force One. After a man plowed his auto into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, killing a woman, Trump was widely criticized for his remarks that blamed both sides for violence. Some Republicans are reeling after his remarks last week that "both sides" were to blame for violence that erupted at a rally organized by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Arizona also illustrates Trump's fraught relationship with his own party. John McCain and Jeff Flake.
There are several issues Trump could discuss in his rally. Ducey won't be accompanying Trump at his Phoenix rally.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican also facing re-election in 2018, is attempting a delicate dance around Trump's visit.
"Governor Ducey's focus has been working with law enforcement toward a safe event in downtown Phoenix for all those involved and in the area".
Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff, was recently convicted in federal court of disobeying court orders to stop his immigration patrols. He faces a maximum of six months at his sentencing hearing, scheduled for October 5. While touring a Marine Corps base in Yuma that is a hub of operations for the US Border Patrol, Trump inspected a drone and other border equipment on display in a hangar.
He is expected to head to U.S. Border Patrol Yuma Sector shortly after he arrived at MCAS Yuma. Earlier in the day, the White House said a pardon would not come during the speech.
White House Officials said it was also to observe national security strategies that may be duplicated in other areas of the US border with Mexico.
Trump has promised to built a "transparent" wall for safety reasons. But Mexico has flatly rejected paying for a wall, and the expensive proposal has little support in Congress, even among Republicans.