Specifically, Nelson asked Trump to weigh in on remarks his son, Donald Trump Jr., recently made during a radio interview in which he admitted to being a fan of the show, said he felt Exotic's 22-year prison sentence was "sort of aggressive," and suggested he might lobby for a pardon for the controversial former zookeeper.
When asked about the comments, Trump jokingly asked, "Which son? It must be Don. I had a feeling it was Don. Is that what he said?"
When Nelson explained more about Exotic's sentence -- which was handed down in January -- Trump said, "I don't know, I know nothing about it."
After asking others in the press pool to weigh in on the sentencing, which most reporters declined to do, Trump laughingly said, "I'll take a look."
A reporter just asked if Trump would pardon Joe Exotic from Tiger King and Trump said, "I will take a look." pic.twitter.com/f0c0R8QmDy
After the briefing, Nelson took to Twitter to defend his questioning in the face of critics who took him to task for asking about Tiger King during a briefing on the global coronavirus pandemic.
"I asked President Trump about a pardon request from the star of Netflix's top rated show after his son weighed in, but I also asked about WHO coronavirus funding and this emerging bipartisan detail that may land in recovery infrastructure bill," Nelson wrote.
I asked President Trump about a pardon request from the star of Netflix's top rated show after his son weighed in
But I also asked about WHO coronavirus funding and this emerging bipartisan detail that may land in recovery infrastructure bill: https://t.co/6WPevQmsc0 via @nypost
Meanwhile, Exotic -- whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage -- is currently incarcerated, and in quarantine, at a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas.
He is serving a 22-year sentence after he was convicted on two charges of murder for hire, as well as 17 other charges related to a variety of wildlife crimes and violations of the Endaged Species Act for his murder of five tigers at his zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
The seven-part documentary Tiger King is streaming on Netflix now. See more on the true-crime smash hit in the video below.