The two turkey finalists - Peas and Carrots - will both live out the rest of their days at Virginia Tech's Gobbler's Rest exhibit following Tuesday's pardoning. During the ceremony, Trump announced that Peas was the victor of the vote to receive a presidential pardon.
Local media said rumors of turkey pardons go back as far as the Lincoln administration, when the president's young son supposedly begged his father to spare a pet turkey that was destined for the dinner table.
The White House held an online contest to determine which bird should be pardoned.
"This was a fair election", joked the president, whose wife, first lady Melania Trump, was on hand to witness the act of mercy carried out during a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. They were raised on a farm near Huron, S.D., under the supervision of National Turkey Federation Chairman Jeff Sveen and by turkey grower Ruben Waldner.
While Carrots did not attend the event, the president shared that he would also be pardoned along with Peas. The White House has a poll on its Facebook page where everyone can vote to decide which turkey participates in the pardoning ceremony.
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The National Turkey Federation became the official turkey supplier to the first family in 1947 and the formal turkey presentation ceremony has been around since President Harry Truman.
"Even though Peas and Carrots have received a presidential pardon, I have warned them that House Democrats are likely to issue them both subpoenas", he said.
The annual White House Turkey Pardoning plays a small but important role in uniting every American around a good cause in Y 2018, Thankfulness! Trump also said Carrots demanded a recount but that was not going to happen. One of the birds also made an appearance in the press briefing room before his pardon, where he took a turn at the podium.
President Trump humorously quipped a year ago, "As many of you know, I have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor".
Whichever turkey it was did not answer when asked by one reporter if the bird had "promised anything in exchange for your pardon".
"He's granted a presidential pardon as of right now", Bush said.
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