President Trump pardons turkey in annual White House tradition

Leroy Wright
November 21, 2018

President Trump claps after he pardoned the turkey, Drumstick, as first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron look on during the pardoning ceremony at the White House previous year on November 21, 2017.

"I have warned them that House Democrats are likely to issue them both subpoenas", he joked as the audience chuckled. Years later, in 1989, President George H.W. Bush formalized pardoning the turkey as an annual tradition. "That turkey is so lucky, I've never seen such a handsome turkey", President Trump said in the Rose Garden, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump.

Trump, alongside US first lady Melania Trump, approached the table where Peas sat and pardoned the turkey. Peas won in an "a fair and open election", Trump said, adding: "Unfortunately carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount".

Those without cable should go to the White House's YouTube channel to watch the pardoning.

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Tell us what you think! With their pink- and blue-skinned heads perched proudly over rotund, white-feathered bodies, the pair had traveled all the way from a farm in Huron, South Dakota, to receive a precious gift denied to most Thanksgiving birds - a stay of execution. "This was a fair election", Trump said. Peas weighs in at 39 pounds while Carrots weighs a bit more at 41 pounds. We have come to a conclusion.

Instead of becoming Thanksgiving dinner, Trump said the birds would spend the rest of their lives at "Gobblers Rest" on the campus of Virginia Tech. During his first turkey pardoning previous year, Trump jabbed former President Barack Obama and the two turkeys he pardoned in 2016, Tater and Tot. Trump's first set of turkeys, Drumstick and Wishbone, have already died, not living as long as President Obama's final set of turkeys, Tater and Tot.

The turkey presentation ceremony is a tradition for American presidents, with the first ceremony taking place in 1947.

While some might think the humorous event is not the place for such jokes, one GOP strategist said of Trump: "He does and says these controversial things on objective".

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