Trump jokes about killing Obama's Thanksgiving turkeys

Pauline Gross
November 22, 2017

The two turkeys will now live out their lives at Virginia Tech University at a place called Gobbler's Rest.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday made his first pardons since wiping Sheriff Joe Arpaio's contempt of court conviction in August. "I have been informed by the White House counsel's office that Tater and Tot's pardons can not under any circumstances be revoked. Tater and Tot, you can rest easy".

It's become part of the annual tradition of the White House Thanksgiving turkey ritual: voting to see which of the two official birds will be pardoned, and which will be the alternate.

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President Donald Trump is joined by girls from the Draper County, Minn., 4-H chapter (R), and First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron, during the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon in the Rose Garden in Washington on November 21, 2017.

The story goes that President Abraham Lincoln's son Tad persuaded his dad to spare their Christmas Turkey and keep it as a pet, whom they named Jack. "He was a tough cookie". It's the 70th year that the trade group has presented the USA president with a turkey to mark the Thanksgiving holiday. It faded under Presidents Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon, but George H.W. Bush brought it back in 1989.

Jimmy Fallon had previously joked that Trump will pardon the turkeys, then attack them for not thanking him enough. Recent honorees were chosen by vote on social media.

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