Trump floated the possibility of a pardon while speaking to reporters at the White House before departing for the Group of 7 summit.
Ali was convicted of violating the Selective Service Act for refusing to register for the draft in 1967. "Many of those names have been treated unfairly".
White House aides believe Trump may look to pardon Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, sources told ABC News, while lobbying the president to consider other Americans who have been behind bars for nonviolent crimes. The boxer's politics and the reason for his original conviction seem inconsistent with Trump's positions on protests and patriotism. He appealed that conviction to the Supreme Court, which ruled he was entitled to conscientious objector status and overturned the conviction in an 8-0 decision.
The president says he is considering as many as 3,000 pardons, according to Fox News, adding that the pardoning power is "a attractive thing".
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He regained the boxing title in 1974 and died in 2016.
"We appreciate President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary".
But he said he also wants to pardon or commute sentences for non-celebrities, people like Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time nonviolent drug offender, whose sentence he commuted Wednesday a week after Kim Kardashian West pleaded her case in an Oval Office meeting. In March, he pardoned a U.S. Navy sailor who served a year in federal prison after taking photos of classified portions of a submarine.
Trump said Friday that he is considering 3,000 people for pardons.
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