President Donald Trump Leads Turkey Pardoning At White House

Donald Trump pardons a turkey on Nov. 21

"It was 70 years ago that the National Turkey Federation first presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey to President Harry Truman-who, I might add, did not grant the pardon".

President Donald Trump will be giving two pardons on Tuesday - and this time it won't involve a controversial figure like former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Minnesota produces 46 million turkeys each year.

Trump's first turkey pardoning is in keeping with a White House tradition of almost three decades.

Trump joked that, while he has taken many steps to try to reverse Obama's executive actions, the White House counsel's office advised him not to try to overturn the Democratic president's previous pardon of Wishbone and Drumstick's predecessors.

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Barron Trump joins his father as the president pardons Drumstick, the national Thanksgiving turkey, in the Rose Garden at the White House on November 21, 2017.

"Today in the spirit of thanksgiving".

The 45-pound birds are officially named "Drumstick" and "Wishbone", but the 4-H team getting them ready for the White House nicknamed the pair "Bow" and "Tie". "Tater and Tot, you can rest easy".

President George H.W. Bush brought it back in 1989.

MSNBC host Craig Melvin predicted shortly before the pardoning ceremony that reporters may shout out political questions at the event, such as Trump's stance allegations that GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore in the past pursued relationships and sexual encounters with underage girls.