White House turkeys are 'Drumstick' and 'Wishbone'

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As Trump pardoned the turkeys, some of his political critics wondered if he planned to use his pardoning power as the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election continue.

Drumstick and Wishbone will live in "Gobbler's Rest" at Virginia Tech, which the president described as "a handsome place".

As part of a time-honored tradition, President Donald Trump pardoned his first Thanksgiving turkey this afternoon at the White House.

"I have been informed by the White House counsel's office that Tater and Tot's pardons can not under any circumstances be revoked", he joked.

"Tator and Tot you can rest easy", Trump added. Some historians point to President Abraham Lincoln's decision to free a Christmas bird that his son had grown fond of as the first presidential turkey pardoning.

"I'm happy to report that unlike millions of turkeys around this time of year, he has a very bright future ahead him", Trump said of the gobbler.




The White House confirmed to The Hill that the two birds will be staying in the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, where rooms reportedly can cost between $200 to $3,500 per night.

"He was a tough cookie", Trump said of Truman.

The White House announced the news on its Snapchat and Instagram accounts.

Presidents like George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama have all participated in the annual tradition.

Following a short speech in which he thanked service members, police and emergency workers, Trump walked over to a table on which Drumstick had been placed.

This was President Trump's last event before heading to Mar-a-Lago for the holiday.

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