'That's a big bird', watch Trump pardon Thanksgiving turkey

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Carl, along with his wife, Sharlene, raised this year's presidential turkeys on their hobby farm in Alexandria.

"Wow, big bird", the President said as he approached the 36-pound turkey, petting it several times. "He was a tough cookie".

President Donald Trump, who has raised eyebrows by mulling his power to pardon as investigators probe possible ties between his 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation, used his authority in a less controversial way yesterday to "pardon" a Thanksgiving turkey.

"However, I have been informed by the White House counsel's office that Tater and Tot's pardoned can not, under any circumstances, be revoked". "Tater and Tot, you can rest easy".

"Oh, Drumstick I think is going to be very happy", he joked. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the lighthearted event. "Today, I'm going to be a much nicer president".

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The two providential poultry will join last year's lucky birds, Tater and Tot, at Virginia Tech's Gobbler's Rest exhibit, "to live out their days in the folds of the Blue Ridge Mountains", according to the university.

Donald Trump pardons a turkey on November 21.

This idea of "pardoning" the birds is actually a relatively new phenomenon, one that began when Ronald Reagan was trying to deflect a question about possibly pardoning two key figures in the Iran-Contra scandal 30 years ago.

"To the finest and bravest people in the entire world, our great men and women in uniform: the military, law enforcement, first responders. So, thank you", he said.

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

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