President Trump spares turkey in second pardon of administration

Posted November 22, 2017

WASHINGTON-Pardoning a turkey, as per White House tradition, proved to be one of President Donald Trump's lighter duties this year.

With First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron at his side, Trump offered a pardon to Drumstick and his pal Wishbone just after 1 p.m.

"Names for each were suggested by people from around the world and this morning, we are introducing you, for the first time, to Wishbone and Drumstick", Wittenburg said as the crowd clapped and the turkeys loudly gobbled.

Wishbone and Drumstick were both raised on a Minnesota turkey farm, and though Drumstick won the online White House poll, in actuality, both will go on to live at "Gobbler's Rest", on the campus of Virginia Tech, where other pardoned birds have resided.

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

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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 turning over a number of executive actions by my predecessor".

The annual turkey presentations continued, but the Presidential pardon didn't catch on. "I have been informed by the White House counsel's office that Tater and Tot's pardons can not under any circumstances be revoked. He refused. He was a tough cookie", Trump said. "So Tater and Tot, you can rest easy".

The turkey pardon tradition began during the Harry Truman administration.