Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio is expected to endorse Donald Trump Tuesday afternoon at an event in Iowa, according to the New York Times.
Sheriff Arpaio heading to Iowa to endorse Trump. story TK
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 26, 2016
“I have great respect for Sheriff Arpaio. We must restore law and order and respect the men and women of our police forces. I thank him for his support of my policies and candidacy for President,” Trump said in a statement to the New York Times.
The Maricopa County sheriff touted Trump as a great leader in a statement released to the Times by the Trump campaign.
“He produces results and is ready to get tough in order to protect American jobs and families. I have fought on the front lines to prevent illegal immigration and I know Donald Trump will stand with me, and countless Americans to secure our border,” he said. “I am proud to support him as the best candidate for President of the United States of America.”
Other news outlets confirmed that Arpaio would attend an event with Trump in Iowa:
#BREAKING: 12 News has confirmed Sheriff Joe Arpaio is en route to Iowa now on an invitation from Donald Trump.
— 12 News (@12News) January 26, 2016
CNN confirms @RealSheriffJoe is en route to Iowa to campaign with Trump.
— Sara Murray (@SaraMurray) January 26, 2016
But Arpaio’s office told CBS News’ Sopan Deb that the visit would not necessarily come with an endorsement:
Arpaio’s office says that the appearance with Trump “doesn’t necessarily translate into an endorsement.”
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) January 26, 2016
Arpaio and Trump have both engaged in the “birther” movement questioning whether President Obama actually was born in the United States, which Arpaio recently noted.
Both also oppose allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States. But Arpaio disagreed in September with Trump’s comments about Mexican “rapists” entering the U.S. illegally.
“I agree with him on one aspect, that we do have rapists and murderers coming across the border, but not everybody,” Arpaio told Fusion.