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Reporter Asks Trump If He Has Thoughts On Pardoning "Tiger King" Joe Exotic At Coronavirus Briefing

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President Donald Trump is asked the viral Netflix series 'Tiger King' and it's key subject Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage or "Joe Exotic" at the Wednesday White House coronavirus task force briefing. The reporter asked the president if he had any thoughts on pardoning Mr. Maldonado-Passage.

REPORTER: So, one of the biggest rating hits of the coronavirus aside from these briefings has been a show on Netflix called Tiger King.

TRUMP: Yeah.

REPORTER: And the man who's the star of this is a former zoo owner who serving a 22 year prison sentence. He's asking you for a pardon, saying he was unfairly convicted. Your son yesterday jokingly said that, you know, he was going to advocate for it. And I was wondering if you'd seen the show and if you have any thoughts on pardoning Joe Exotic.

TRUMP: Which son? It must be Don.

REPORTER: It was.

TRUMP: I had a feeling it was Don. Is that what he said? I don't know. I know nothing about it. He has 22 years for what? What did he do?

REPORTER: He allegedly hired someone to murder an animal rights activist, but he said that he didn't do that and he was--

TRUMP: --Do you think he didn't do it? Are you on his side?

REPORTER: Well, I--I'm a reporter--

TRUMP: --Are you--

REPORTER: --I can't take sides--

TRUMP: --Are you recommending a pardon?

REPORTER: No, I'm not advocating anything.

TRUMP: As a reporter, you're not allowed to do that. You'd be criticized by these. Would you recommend a pardon?

REPORTER: I'm not weighing in on Tiger King, Mr. President.

TRUMP: I don't think you would. I don't think you would. Go ahead. Do you have a question?

REPORTER: But I do like Joe Exotic.

TRUMP: I'll take a look. Is that Joe Exotic? That's Joe Exotic?



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