Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkeys Drumstick and Wishbone

Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkeys Drumstick and Wishbone

President Donald Trump, who has raised eyebrows by mulling his power to pardon as investigators probe possible ties between his 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation, used his authority in a less controversial way on Tuesday to "pardon" a Thanksgiving turkey.

The president pardoned Drumstick, and his sidekick, Wishbone, during the annual Thanksgiving Presidential Pardon in the White House Rose Garden.

But I guess the Thanksgiving tradition did offer some light in what seems to be a very dark end to the year.

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

The annual turkey presentations continued, but the Presidential pardon didn't catch on.

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Of course, the turkey doesn't get to stay (sorry Tad, no turkeys for pets at the White House).

"As many of you know, I have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor", Trump said.

Trump's first turkey pardon marks the 70th year the National Turkey Federation has presented the President with a Turkey. However, I have been informed by the White House councils office that Tater and Tot pardons can not under any circumstances be revoked'. "He was a tough cookie".

A pair of turkeys have a lot to be thankful for this year.

The Kennedy, Nixon and Carter administrations reportedly turned away turkeys they were presented with, and sending them off to farms became common practice under President Reagan, according to the WHHA.

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