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


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.


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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