President Trump pardons his first turkey

22 November, 2017, 01:54 | Author: Kim Reid
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Trump also continued the fowl tradition of questionable presidential jokes at the ceremony.

Truman was the first to receive a turkey from the National Turkey Federation in 1947, but the Truman Presidential Library says Truman ate those turkeys. "He refused; he was a tough cookie".

Turkeys stay at Washington, DC hotel ahead of Presidential pardon
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Before the actual pardoning, Trump stood for several minutes at the podium, revving up a few turkey-inspired quips, including a reference to the two turkeys pardoned a year ago by President Barack Obama, Tater and Tot. "However, I have been informed by the White House counsel's office that Tater and Tot's pardons can not under any circumstances be revoked", Trump said.

Drumstick, and the backup bird, Wishbone, were raised on a turkey farm in Douglas County, Minnesota. That year, President George H.W. Bush started what has become the tradition upheld by every president since.

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After the pardoning, both turkeys will join last year's turkeys, Tater and Tot, at Virginia Tech's "Gobblers Rest' exhibit, where they'll be cared for by students and veterinarians".

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Following a short speech in which he thanked service members, police and emergency workers, Trump walked over to a table on which Drumstick had been placed. "However, we expect reporters to be shouting some questions at the president about, among other things, the Roy Moore controversy", Melvin said.

"To the finest and bravest people in the entire world, our great men and women in uniform: the military, law enforcement, first responders".

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Trump will depart the White House this afternoon to spend Thanksgiving in Florida.

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