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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points 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.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. hits Howard Stern for going 'establishment,' 'acting like Hillary' Trump Jr., GOP senator lash out at Facebook for taking down protest pages on stay-at-home orders Trump jokes he'll 'look into' pardon for 'Tiger King' after asked by reporter at virus briefing MORE "I know nothing about it." 


"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) AcostaIn the age of Trump, media bias comes into the spotlight Trump, officials don't wear masks on trip to mask-making facility Trump rips CNN reporter for 'self-congratulation' question: 'You don't have the brains you were born with' 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.