President Donald Trump pardons turkey in annual White House tradition

Watch Donald Trump pardon turkeys: time, live stream and what to expect

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

Trump pointed out the first time the federation presented a turkey to Harry Truman, the former president declined to give the bird a pass in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. It's a cool deal for Minnesota turkey growers, and Carl Wittenburg of Alexandria, Minnesota, Chair of the National Turkey Federation, who's tasked with providing the turkeys that President Trump will pardon.

"Tator and Tot you can rest easy", Trump added.

While all of this is super cool for Minnesota turkey farmers and the state in general, I think this might be a little ridiculous. "He refused. He was a tough cookie", Trump said.

Presidents like George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama have all participated in the annual tradition.

As he was finishing the pardon someone shouted from the audience: "Are you going to pardon any people?" He's exercised it once before, pardoning the controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio back in August, without going through the usual process. Donald Trump failed again to address sexual misconduct allegations surrounding senate candidate Roy Moore, but pardoned a turkey.

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

As the lucky turkey gobbled and wobbled near the podium, Sanders told reporters: "If you guys haven't voted yet, you should do that".



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