Donald Trump responds to calls for him to pardon 'Tiger King' following Netflix show's success
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Donald Trump responds to calls for him to pardon 'Tiger King' following Netflix show's success

DONALD TRUMP has responded to calls for him to grant a presidential pardon to the 'Tiger King', known as Joe Exotic, saying that he would "take a look" at the case.

Exotic - real name Joseph Maldonado - has risen to the forefront of public attention thanks to the success of the recent Netflix series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness.

The show is based on Exotic's life as a zookeeper in Oklahoma and the events that led him to be incarcerated for 22 years, and many who have watched it are calling for the Tiger King to be released.

Whether they believe he's innocent, or whether his trials and tribulations have been, in a way, glorified for some by the series remains to be seen, but such has been the clamour to see Exotic pardoned that the President was asked for his thoughts on the issue during a press conference on Wednesday.

"I know nothing about it," admitted Trump.

"He has 22 years for what - what did he do?"

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Trump then asked reporters if they would recommend a pardon, before jokingly adding: "I'll take a look".

For those who want to avoid spoilers about the breakthrough Netflix show, stop reading now.

Last year, 57-year-old Exotic was convicted of 17 federal charges of animal abuse and plotting to have an animal rights activist murdered.

The activist, Carole Baskin was locked in a long-running feud with Exotic over his alleged mistreatment of animals.

Strangely enough, Exotic ran for President in 2016, now he'll hoping for the winner of that race to bail him out.