President Trump refrained Tuesday from pardoning former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but signaled that he would soon do so, saying that “Sheriff Joe can feel good.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said earlier Tuesday that Trump had no plans to issue a pardon to the controversial sheriff, who was convicted last month of criminal contempt.

But Trump said at a Tuesday night rally in Phoenix that Arpaio would be “just fine,” suggesting he would pardon him, but not yet.

“I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy, all right?” Trump said. “But Sheriff Joe can feel good.”

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