The Latest: Arizona governor greets president on tarmac

AP News | 8/22/2017 | Staff
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YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s visit to Arizona (all times PDT):

4:45 p.m.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was among the state officials who greeted President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on the airport tarmac after they arrived in Phoenix.

Ducey shook Trump’s hand, tweeted “Welcome to Arizona, Mr. President!” and rode with Trump and Pence in the motorcade. But the Republican governor will not appear on stage with Trump at the rally, saying he needs to help monitor the security response to protest.

Arizona - History - Tarmac - Encounters - Politics

Arizona has a history of dramatic tarmac encounters surrounding presidential politics.

Former Gov. Jan Brewer famously wagged her finger at then-President Barack Obama in 2012 amid heightened tensions between his administration and Arizona over immigration and other issues. And former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch had a discussion on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport last year that factored into the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton.

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4:45 p.m.

The American Legion is reaffirming its position against hate groups as President Donald Trump prepares to address its national convention in Reno on Wednesday.

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National Commander Charles E. Schmidt says the Legion on Monday approved the resolution that was first passed 94 years ago. It comes less than two weeks after deadly violence at white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The resolution condemns as un-American any individual, group or organization that creates or fosters racial, religious or class strife. It says such hate groups are a menace to liberty and fundamental law.

Trump - Criticism - Power - Groups - Charlottesville

Trump has come under heavy criticism for not immediately denouncing the white power groups that rallied in Charlottesville and for saying “both sides” were to blame for the ensuing violence.

3:55 p.m.

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Protesters have engaged in minor scuffles and shouting matches with President Donald Trump’s supporters as hundreds of people line up to get inside his rally in Phoenix.

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