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Trump Pardons Thanksgiving Turkeys, Jokes About Birds Pardoned by Obama

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 01:47 PM

President Donald Trump used his pardon power Tuesday to keep a pair of turkeys from the Thanksgiving roaster.

Trump continued the annual presidential tradition during an event in the White House Rose Garden. The act of leniency means 47-pound Drumstick and 36-pound Wishbone will instead get to live the rest of their lives at a Virginia farm. First lady Melania Trump and son Barron joined the president for the light-hearted ceremony.

During the ceremony, Trump mentioned his habit of overturning predecessor Barack Obama's executive actions, but said that wouldn't extend to Tater and Tot, the pair spared last year by Obama.

"I have been informed by the White House counsel's office that Tater and Tot's pardons cannot, under any circumstances, be revoked," Trump joked, NBC News reported. "So, Tater and Tot, you can rest easy."

The White House sought public input to determine which gobbler should be pardoned. Trump says Drumstick was the winner, though both birds usually are given a reprieve.

President George H. W. Bush established the annual turkey pardon tradition in 1989 when he spared an unnamed, 50-pound turkey.

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

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