President Trump grants poultry pardons to turkeys Peas and Carrots

Two turkeys vying for presidential pardon strut their stuff

Trump to grant poultry pardons to turkeys Peas and Carrots

A White House poll voted to spare the life of Peas in what President Trump called a "fair and open election" however both birds were ultimately granted their freedom.

The First Lady stood alongside her husband, President Donald Trump, as he pardoned two turkeys named Peas and Carrots. This year's turkeys, Peas and Carrots, will be headed toward Virginia Tech where they will be watched over by poultry science students.

"During the latter years of the Nixon presidency, Patricia Nixon accepted the turkeys on behalf of the President and in 1973 sent the bird to the Oxon Hill Children's Farm". "Nonetheless, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I will be issuing both Peas and Carrots a presidential pardon".

In an annual Thanksgiving tradition, President Donald Trump use his pardon power to keep a pair of turkeys off the holiday table Tuesday. "I've never seen such a attractive turkey".

"The votes are in, and Peas has won the title of 2018 National Thanksgiving Turkey!" the post stated.

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President Trump humorously quipped a year ago, "As many of you know, I have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor".

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"The victor of this vote was decided by a fair and open election conducted on the White House website".

Many of the The White House's Twitter followers have since taken to joking about the pardoning of Peas, with one person joking, "Good to see a that #Trump has given Peas a chance".

After Harding died in office in August 1923, President Calvin Coolidge tried to discourage the turkey-giving that Thanksgiving, saying he would buy his own bird.

Actually he was the first to receive a live turkey from the National Turkey Federation, an industry group that has presented the presidential bird ever since. "Always happens", Trump said jokingly.

President Harry S. Truman often is wrongly credited with being the first president to pardon a Thanksgiving turkey in 1947.

According to the White House Historical Association, the act of pardoning a turkey has dated as far back as the Lincoln administration.

"He's granted a presidential pardon as of right now", Bush said.

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