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Trump jokes he'll 'look into' pardon for 'Tiger King' after asked by reporter at virus briefing

President TrumpDonald TrumpSt. Louis lawyer who pointed gun at Black Lives Matter protesters considering Senate run Chauvin found guilty as nation exhales US says Iran negotiations are 'positive' MORE on Wednesday was asked during his daily coronavirus press briefing whether he would consider a pardon for Joe Exotic, whose story was detailed in the hit Netflix series "Tiger King."

New York Post reporter Steven Nelson noted in his question to Trump that the show is "one of the biggest rating hits of the coronavirus, aside from these briefings." Nelson referenced that one of the president's sons had quipped that Exotic deserved a pardon after receiving an "aggressive" prison sentence when he was convicted in a murder-for-hire plot.

"Must be Don. I had a feeling it was Don," Trump responded, referring to Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpTrump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball Trump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE "I know nothing about it." 

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"You think he didn’t do it? Are you recommending a pardon?" the president asked, going back and forth with Nelson, who made it clear he was not advocating a position either way.

"I’ll take a look," Trump concluded.

The president then turned to CNN's Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Fauci touts vaccinations: 'This is not going to last forever' Biden's first presser wasn't about him — not really MORE, who dryly said he wanted to "get back to the coronavirus if I can."

Nelson's question drew differing opinions among journalists and those tuning in. Some supported the lighthearted inquiry, while others felt it was inappropriate given the nature of the virus.

"Tiger King" has become an internet sensation as Americans stay at home to try to limit transmission of the coronavirus. The main figure in the documentary series, Exotic, was sentenced to 22 years in prison earlier this year for his role in a murder-for-hire plot that targeted Carole Baskin, the founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue, who is also featured in the Netflix series.

Exotic was also found guilty of numerous wildlife violations.