President Trump Pardons His First Thanksgiving Turkey

President Donald Trump pardoned his first national Thanksgiving turkey in a Rose Garden ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump (C), first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron participate in a ceremony to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Joined by First lady Melania Trump and son Barron, Trump continued the White House Thanksgiving tradition with a Minnesota-bred, 36-pound turkey named Drumstick.
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“I am pleased to report that unlike millions of other turkeys at this time of the year, Drumstick has a very, very bright future ahead of him.”
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Trump joked that revoking former President Barack Obama’s turkeys is an executive action he is unable to overturn.
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“I have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor. However I have been informed by the White House counsel's office that Tater and Tot’s pardon cannot under any circumstances be revoked,” Trump joked. “So Tater and Tot you can rest easy.”
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A second turkey, Wishbone, was also spared.
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Drumstick and Wishbone are headed to Virginia Tech’s Gobbler’s Rest enclosure where they will join last year’s pardoned turkeys and inaugural residents Tater and Tot.
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Trump’s daughter Tiffany attended the ceremony.
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Also in attendance were Ivanka Trump and her children Arabella and Joseph Kushner who were able to get a closer look at Drumstick.
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The 70-year tradition began when the National Turkey Federation presented the first national thanksgiving turkey to President Harry Truman.
nThe National Turkey Federation donated two additional turkeys to Martha’s Table, a non-profit organization geared to increasing access to quality education, healthy food and affordable clothing for families in need.
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