Trump to grant poultry pardons to turkeys Peas and Carrots

President Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkey

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump host annual presidential turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden.

The birds typically receive a public presidential "pardon", and are granted a life of leisure - 2018 marks the third year that the pardoned poultry will retire to Gobbler's Rest, a facility maintained by the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech (VT).

"That turkey is so lucky, I've never seen such a lovely turkey", President Trump said in the Rose Garden, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump.

"Unfortunately, I can't guarantee that your pardons won't be enjoined by the Ninth Circuit", Trump told Peas and Carrots.

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.

Both were raised on a farm near Huron, South Dakota, and destined for consumption. "Unfortunately, Carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount, and we're still fighting with Carrots".

The turkeys have been carefully groomed for a White House event, trained from a young age to be comfortable with lights, crowds, and music to make them comfortable in the limelight.

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".

Watch above, via The White House.

The president also talked about the recent wildfires, saying, "And we also pray for those in need, especially for our fellow citizens impacted by the devastating wildfires in California, where I just came back, I've never seen anything like it, probably nobody has".

The polls are open for Americans to vote for which turkey will be named the National Thanksgiving Turkey and get the official presidential pardon.

The president's children from his previous marriages, Ivanka and Tiffany were also in attendance at the event. As is tradition, one bird is always pardoned to become the National Thanksgiving Turkey while the other is there as the alternate, in case the bird meant to be pardoned is uncooperative.

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