WATCH: President Trump returns to the campaign trail with Arizona rally

WATCH LIVE: President Trump returns to immigration issue with Arizona rally

Fresh off a speech on Afghanistan that moved him in a different direction from many of his core voters, President Donald Trump is highlighting his pledge to combat illegal immigration by visiting a Marine Corps base and holding a nighttime rally in Phoenix Tuesday.

The move left local officials concerned that emotions may run hot among those inside and outside of the hall so soon after Trump blamed "both sides" for violence at a rally organized by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Here is his speech at the rally, broken down minute by minute:


8:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump is going after Arizona's Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain at a Phoenix rally — but coyly refusing to mention their names.

Trump says that after his well-received address Monday evening, he was told: "Please, please Mr. President, don't mention any names. So I won't."

Instead, Trump is bemoaning that the Senate was only "one vote away" from passing a health care overhaul. McCain, who is undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer, voted against a Republican health care bill.

Trump is calling another unnamed senator "weak on borders, weak on crime." Trump has lashed out at Flake, a frequent critic, using the same language in the past.

Trump is describing his own restraint as "very presidential."


8 p.m.

President Donald Trump is threatening to shut down the federal government unless Congress provides funding for his promised border wall.

Trump tells a rally crowd in Phoenix, Arizona, that he has a message for "obstructionist" Democrats.

He says, "If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall."

Trump is also accusing Democrats of putting American security at risk for not supporting the proposal.

The wall was one of Trump's most popular campaign vows, prompting frequent rally chants of "Build that wall!" Trump had promised Mexico would pay for the wall, but Mexico has so far refused.

The House has passed a spending bill with funding for the border wall, but it faces an uncertain future in the Senate.


7:55 p.m.

President Donald Trump is signaling that he wants to grant a pardon to former Sheriff Joe Arpaio over his recent conviction in federal court.

Trump told a Phoenix crowd Tuesday that Arpaio is "going to be just fine" as he awaits sentencing on a misdemeanor contempt-of-court conviction stemming from his defiance of the courts.

There had been intense speculation in recent days that the president might issue a pardon for Arpaio, best known for his immigration crackdowns as the top lawman in metropolitan Phoenix. Trump says he "won't do it tonight" because he doesn't want to cause controversy.

Arpaio and Trump share similar views on immigration enforcement, and the lawman campaigned for Trump several times during the 2016 race.


7:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump is lashing out at the press for its portrayal of his response to the deadly protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, as he kicks off a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump says the "very dishonest media" mischaracterized his response to the protest organized by white supremacists.

And he's re-reading the statements he delivered on various days, insisting, "I did this three times."

Trump was criticized by Republican and Democrats alike for failing to call out neo-Nazis and other hate groups by name in his first response to the protest and then insisting there was blame on "both sides."

Trump is also repeating the message of unity he delivered Monday evening.

He says, "this entire arena stands united in forceful condemnation of the thugs that perpetrated hatred and violence."


7 p.m.

Speakers at President Donald Trump's first campaign rally since the deadly Charlottesville, Virginia, protest are pushing a message of unity.

Among the speakers at the rally are Housing secretary Ben Carson and Alveda King, the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Carson discussed his experiences growing up with racism and said that, every time the U.S. has encountered bigotry and division, the country has left those ideologies in "the rear view window."

He says, "our differences are nothing compared to our shared humanity and the values that unite us."

Vice President Mike Pence also spoke about the importance of unity.

A black man seated right behind the president's podium is wearing a shirt that reads, "Trump & Republicans are not racist."

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