President Donald Trump pardoned a turkey on Tuesday afternoon at the White House as First Lady Melania Trump looked on.
Trump first wished Americans a happy Thanksgiving before offering details about the turkeys. He was presented with the choice of two turkeys: One named Bread and Butter.
Butter was pardoned.
Both birds will retire to Gobblers Rest at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, where they will be cared for.
“I hereby grant you a full and complete pardon,” Trump said in front of the crowd.
“Bread and Butter have been raised … to be calm under any situation,” he said prior. He then joked turkeys have received “subpoenas to appear” in House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiffs “basement on Thursday.”
“It seems the Democrats are accusing me of being too soft on Turkey,” Trump quipped.
Before the pardon, Trump touted the U.S. economys performance and the recent killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“Our nation is special,” the president said, adding that “were forever thankful” to U.S. armed forces service members.
In 2018, Trump pardoned a turkey named “Peas” at the White House.
Turkey Pardons History
In 1947, President Harry Truman was the first recipient of a bird gifted by Americas turkey farmers. The tradition was continued, but in 1963, President John Kennedy decided to send his gift back to the farm where it came from.
But according to an archived White House page, “Americans have been sending the President turkeys for the holidays since at least the 19th century. Beginning in 1873 during Grants presidency, a Rhode Island man named Horace Vose was responsible for selecting with the utmost care the noblest gobbler in all that little state for the Presidents Thanksgiving dinner, a tradition he carried out for more than 25 years according to The New York Times. In 1947, the National Turkey Federation took on the roleRead More – Source