Trump floats possibility of pardoning Muhammad Ali

Trump said he is considering "thousands" of pardon applications, including heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali, who died in 2016. He then floated Ali's name, despite the fact that the late boxer's conviction for draft evasion was overturned almost 50 years ago. "The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Muhammad Ali in a unanimous decision in 1971".

Trump floated the possibility while speaking to reporters at the White House before departing for the Group of Seven summit.

"He was, look, he was not very popular then, certainly his memory is popular now", Trump said.

The family attorney for Ali said the family appreciates the sentiment of the pardon but that it is "unnecessary".

Mr Trump's comments follow his pardon of conservative political commentator and author Dinesh D'Souza.

Should Trump decide to issue a pardon to Ali, it wouldn't make much a difference in terms of Ali's record as former President Jimmy Carter issued a blanket pardon to draft evaders who requested a pardon.

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine.

Trump in recent weeks has used his unilateral presidential powers to pardon several people, including another boxing legend in Jack Johnson. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West personally appealed to Trump to pardon the 63-year-old grandmother. I understand that. I'm going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated.

The president has recently mooted pardons for lifestyle personality Martha Stewart and former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich.

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