Fowl play: Trump officially pardons Drumstick the turkey

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The Republican president couldn't resist referring to his predecessor, former Democratic President Barack Obama, who pardoned two turkeys named Tater and Tot a year ago.

Trump will depart the White House this afternoon to spend Thanksgiving in Florida.

Before the actual pardoning, Trump stood for several minutes at the podium, revving up a few turkey-inspired quips, including a reference to the two turkeys pardoned previous year by President Barack Obama, Tater and Tot. "I have been informed by the White House counsel's office that Tater and Tot's pardons can not under any circumstances be revoked".

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President Donald Trump will be giving two pardons on Tuesday - and this time it won't involve a controversial figure like former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Trump will pardon the turkeys in a Rose Garden ceremony on Tuesday.

Although Drumstick was chosen as the 2017 National Thanksgiving Turkey via an online vote, both birds will live out their days in Virginia.

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According to the White House Historical Association (WHHA), the practice of presidents saving turkeys from becoming holiday meals may date back to Abraham Lincoln.

"It was 70 years ago that the National Turkey Federation first presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey to President Harry Truman-who, I might add, did not grant the pardon". "He was a tough cookie".

Trump thanked the military and law enforcement prior to the pardon.

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