President Trump and The First Lady Participate in the Presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey https://t.co/LYmGXaDnEo
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 20, 2018
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:
Which turkey should be pardoned during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony?
After the pardoning, Peas and Carrots will live at Virginia Tech’s “Gobblers Rest” exhibit.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 19, 2018