Trump jokingly answers the question about ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic’s pardon

A federal apology for Joe Exotic?

At a press conference at the White House on Wednesday, a reporter asked President Donald Trump a question that probably worries many Netflix fans: What does he think about pardoning the “Tiger King”, the star?

The exotic, real name Joseph Allen Maldonado passage is the subject of the popular documentary series, which reached more than 34 million viewers in the first 10 days after its release on March 20, according to Nielsen. In 2018, he was convicted of attempted murder and a number of wildlife violations, including killing five tigers. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

The question of a possible pardon was asked with the kind permission of New York Post reporter Steven Nelson.

“Aside from these briefings, one of the Coronavirus‘ biggest rating hits was a show on Netflix titled ‘Tiger King’,” he said. “The man who is the star is a former zoo owner serving a 22-year sentence. He apologizes and says he was wrongfully sentenced.”

Nelson also raised Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., “jokingly said he would work for the pardon.”

“I was wondering if you saw the show and were thinking about apologizing to Joe Exotic,” Nelson continued.

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The president smiled.

“Which son? Must be Don,” said Trump. “I felt it was Don. Did he say that? I don’t know. I don’t know anything about it. He has 22 years for what? What did he do?”

Nelson then explained the premise of the series, including the charges against Exotic.

“Do you think he did it? Are you on his side? Do you recommend an apology?” Trump replied. “As a reporter, you are not allowed to, you will be criticized.”

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The president then turned to an off-screen reporter who was identified by CSPAN as CNN’s Jim Acosta.

“Would you recommend an apology?” Trump asked.

“I don’t weigh myself with ‘Tiger King’,” Acosta replied.

“I don’t think you would,” said Trump. “I’ll take a look.”

The seven-episode series (now streaming) examines the life of Exotic (née Joseph Schreibvogel), a man with an affinity for big cats, blond mullets, weapons, and explosives.

“Tiger King” examines Exotic’s life in the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma (known as the G.W. Zoo) and his hatred of Carole Baskin, founder of the Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary in Tampa, Florida. Exotic believed Baskin to be a threat to his livelihood by campaigning for the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which aims to abolish the possession of big cats as pets and the practice of petting boys.

According to data company Nielson, the show reached over 34.3 million viewers within the first 10 days of its release on March 20.

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