President Donald Trump Leads Turkey Pardoning At White House

Turkeys in their Willard Intercontinental hotel room. Credit Whte House on Instagram

- In a tradition we might have trouble explaining to foreigners, every November the President of the United States pardons a turkey.

Trump added: 'As many of you know, I have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor.

"So Tater and Tot, you can rest easy", the President said.

President Trump was joined by First Lady Melania and their son Barron, as he pardoned Drumstick.

Drumstick will be presented to U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday, when he will ceremoniously "pardon" the turkey.

Trump was headed to his Florida estate later Tuesday for Thanksgiving.

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'I'm pleased to report that unlike millions of turkeys at this time of year, Drumstick has a very bright future ahead of him'.

The recipients will be Wishbone and Drumstick, two roughly 40-pound turkeys, who were selected by the National Turkey Federation to be spared from the Thanksgiving Day feast this Thursday.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A good presidential turkey is stuffed with showmanship.

Trump's first turkey pardon marks the 70th year the National Turkey Federation has presented the President with a Turkey. It faded under Presidents Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon, but George H.W. Bush brought it back in 1989.

The turkey pardon tradition began during the Harry Truman administration. But just as today, only one bird is honored at the annual ceremony.

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