Minnesota turkeys to be pardoned by Trump

Cheryl Sanders
November 20, 2017

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

According to The Hill, the two turkeys are staying the Willard Intercontinental hotel.

President Donald Trump will pardon the national Thanksgiving turkey in a Rose Garden ceremony Tuesday.

The public will decide which bird will win the title of America's National Thanksgiving Turkey.

While Truman was the first to receive a ceremonial turkey from the chairman of the National Turkey Federation, the Truman Library has said there is no proof he pardoned the bird. According to the White House, the turkeys will be named on Monday.

The presidential turkey pardon: When did this all start?

Some versions of the history of the turkey pardon go back to 1863 during Abraham Lincoln's presidency.

The two turkeys that will participate in the annual White House turkey pardon have arrived to some fancy digs ahead of their big day. In those days the turkeys were destined for dinner.

- In a tradition we might have trouble explaining to foreigners, every November the President of the United States pardons a turkey.

Previous presidents have also sent their birds to stay at hotels. Formal pardons began with President George H.W. Bush in 1989.

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