Trump to grant poultry pardons to turkeys Peas and Carrots

Posted at 12:04 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 13:18:48-05

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is preparing to use the power of his office to keep a pair of turkeys off the Thanksgiving table.

Trump’s poultry pardon Tuesday will mean that the two turkeys – a 39-pound bird named Peas and a 41-pounder named Carrots – will get to live the rest of their lives at a Virginia farm.

First lady Melania Trump is joining her husband for the ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

President George H.W. Bush established the annual turkey pardon tradition in 1989 by sparing a 50-pound bird.

Trump was traveling to his Florida estate later Tuesday to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family.

The poll on the White House Twitter page showed that both turkeys had each gained 50 percent of votes made by the public. The winner, it seems, was “Peas.” The poll to choose which turkey would be pardoned by the president was posted on Monday morning and closed on Tuesday at 11:00 am.

See the results, below: