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Donald and Melania Trump Wish Americans a ‘Happy Thanksgiving’

by Quentin Blount
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United States President Donald Trump wished Americans a “Happy Thanksgiving” today at the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday on Tuesday with the traditional pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey. The event was Mr. Trump’s second time in public since the General Services Administration told President-elect Joe Biden they’re ready to start the formal transition process.

Trump posted a clip from the turkey pardoning ceremony to his official Twitter account earlier today.

“On behalf of the entire Trump Family, I want to wish every American a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving,” The President wrote in a tweet this afternoon. “Today we gathered in the Rose Garden to continue a beloved annual tradition: the Official Presidential Pardon of a very fortunate Thanksgiving Turkey….”

Trump took a moment to exercise his pardon power during the Rose Garden event. In doing so, he granted the turkey named “Corn” a full pardon.

“Corn, I hereby grant you a full pardon!” Mr. Trump said, pardoning the turkey.

It has been customary for the president to receive a bird in front of the cameras since the 1940s, according to History.com. But the turkey pardoning ceremony officially began in 1989 during the administration of George H.W. Bush.

White House Polls Twitter About Which Turkey to Pardon

The Trump administration took to social media to poll users to decide which of two turkeys, Corn or Cob, to pardon this year.

On Monday, the White House posted a Twitter poll to ask people to vote.

“Which turkey should President Trump pardon at this year’s National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony—Corn or Cob?” the White House tweeted.

Nearly 65,000 people took the time to respond to the poll. Almost 54 percent of voters chose to pardon the turkey, Corn.

Each year, the chairman of the National Turkey Federation gets to bring two turkeys from his or her farm to Washington. Ron Kardel and his wife Susie have the honor this year. They are the eighth Iowa family to bring turkeys to the White House.

Although only one turkey will receive the official pardon, both turkeys’ lives will be spared. After their adventures in the nation’s capital, the turkeys will go home to Iowa State University. There, they will take part in teaching and outreach activities.