Donald Trump caresses turkey's rear before pardoning it for Thanksgiving

Turkeys stay at Washington, DC hotel ahead of Presidential pardon

Turkeys in the "presidential flock" also receive media training to acclimate them to television lights and crowd noises. As Americans we accept this as normal, but how did it start?

They were put on a flight home after Trump spoke with the president.

Jimmy Fallon had previously joked that Trump will pardon the turkeys, then attack them for not thanking him enough. In a message on Twitter in July, Trump noted that as president he had "complete power to pardon". This year marks the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey tradition.

Of course, the turkey doesn't get to stay (sorry Tad, no turkeys for pets at the White House).

- Two Minnesota turkeys set to be pardoned by President Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday are living it up in the nation's capital.

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Drumstick, and the backup bird, Wishbone, were raised on a turkey farm in Douglas County, Minnesota.

"Seventy years ago the National Turkey Federation presented the first National Turkey to President Truman", Trump noted.

"However, I have been informed by the White House counsel's office that Tater and Tot's pardoned can not, under any circumstances, be revoked". "So Tater and Tot, you can rest easy".

"Oh, Drumstick, I think, is going to be very happy", said Trump, not brooding on the topic for long.

The two providential poultry will join last year's lucky birds, Tater and Tot, at Virginia Tech's Gobbler's Rest exhibit, "to live out their days in the folds of the Blue Ridge Mountains", according to the university.

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