President Trump pardons a turkey

President Trump pardons a turkey

President Trump pardons a turkey

The pardoned turkeys will be sent to the "Gobbler's Rest" exhibit at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, where they will spend the rest of their lives. The turkeys' time on the farm may not be entirely restful, Trump said. "I've never seen such a lovely turkey", Trump said, as Peas was honored with the title of the "National Thanksgiving Turkey".

Both Peas and Carrots were raised by Ruben Waldner from the Riverside Hutterite Colony, north of Huron, South Dakota.

Long gone are Barack Obama's presidential dad jokes that drove his two daughters to sit out his last two turkey pardoning ceremonies, replaced by talk of investigations, subpoenas and federal court actions.

Prior to the pardon, President Trump joked about the "fair and open election" that selected the two turkeys, and warned that that even though they were about to be pardoned, "House democrats are likely to issue them both subpoenas".

The first documented turkey pardon was given by President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Watch above, via The White House.

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Each turkey that comes to the White House weighs between 36 to 45 pounds, and arrives when they are 20 weeks old. Truman was the first to accept a turkey from them - however, he did not spare the bird.

President Donald Trump is set to pardon a pair of turkeys Tuesday from ending up on the dinner table this Thanksgiving.

President Ronald Reagan formalized the practice of "retiring" donated Thanksgiving turkeys to a farm, in 1981.

Melania Trump participated in the pardoning of turkeys at the White House, of which many past presidents have done ahead of Thanksgiving, looking chic in Dior and Christian Louboutin.

"He's granted a presidential pardon as of right now", Bush said. What it is is basically the National Turkey Federation brings two birds to Washington D.C., where they get to enjoy a stay at the upscale Willard Hotel before being presented before the sitting president.

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