Trump will make rare public appearance to 'pardon' Thanksgiving turkeys

Trump will make rare public appearance to 'pardon' Thanksgiving turkeys


President Trump will make a rare public appearance next week, entering the White House Rose Garden to “pardon” two Thanksgiving turkeys.

White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere confirmed to the Washington Examiner on Wednesday that Trump would attend the traditional ceremony, as is now typical for a sitting president.

While the official presentation of a turkey dates back to President Harry Truman in 1947, President Ronald Reagan was the first on record to issue a “pardon” to his turkey. On taking office in 1989, President George H.W. Bush made the pardon practice official.

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Washington Secrets reported that this year’s birds will come from a sixth-generation Iowa farmer, Ron Kardel, who is this year’s National Turkey Federation chairman.

Once pardoned, birds may leave for a farm. They are bred to live just six months and rarely have a lifespan longer than a year.

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