President Donald Trump pardons turkey in annual White House tradition


The National Turkey Federation first presented a turkey to President Harry Truman in 1947, making this year the 70th anniversary of the tradition. There, they'll join Tater and Tot, the turkeys former president Barack Obama pardoned in 2016.

Drumstick and Wishbone will live in "Gobbler's Rest" at Virginia Tech, which the president described as "a lovely place".

The president and first lady Melania Trump were accompanied by the president's youngest son, Barron.

"Today I'm going to be a much nicer president", he said.

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.

"Please stand what a great job you've done", Trump said.

"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 joked. "So, Tater and Tot, you can rest easy".

Like many distinguished White House guests, Wishbone and Drumstick got special tours earlier on Tuesday.

Jimmy Fallon had previously joked that Trump will pardon the turkeys, then attack them for not thanking him enough. Trump is set to spend the Thanksgiving holiday at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.

A single lucky bird is spared the slaughterhouse and instead lives out the rest of its days in "Gobbler's Rest", a retirement home packed full with whatever it is that elderly turkeys require on a day-to-day basis.