Behind the scenes: Trump recently told one adviser he was going to pardon “every person who ever talked to me,” suggesting an even larger pardon blitz to come. As with most Trump conversations, the adviser wasn’t sure how seriously to take the president — although Trump gave no indication he was joking…
Trump has also interrupted conversations to spontaneously suggest that he add the person he’s speaking with to his pardon list, these sources said.
The offers haven’t always been welcome.
One source felt awkward because the president was clearly trying to be helpful but the adviser didn’t believe they had committed any crimes.
The adviser also believed being on the list could hurt their public persona.