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President Donald Trump to Pardon Peas, the 2018 White House Thanksgiving Turkey

21 November 2018

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.

So, who was the first president to pardon a turkey? "I've never seen such a handsome turkey", Trump said as he marked the occasion on Tuesday, working in a joke about Carrots contesting the result.

Joined by first lady Melania, Trump said although both turkeys were being pardoned, Peas was declared the victor of a White House poll that asked Americans to pick which turkey should be pardoned.

Trump made a decision to pardon both turkeys on Tuesday in the Rose Garden - but not before joking that the contest was a "fair and open election". "Carrots, I'm sorry to tell you that the results did not change". "Unfortunately, Carrots refused to concede". With their pink- and blue-skinned heads perched proudly over rotund, white-feathered bodies, the pair had traveled all the way from a farm in Huron, South Dakota, to receive a precious gift denied to most Thanksgiving birds - a stay of execution.

This year's candidates: Peas and Carrots.

"Peas, I hereby grant you a full pardon", President Trump said.

"Nonetheless, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I will be issuing both Peas and Carrots a presidential pardon", Trump said.

The incoming Democratic chairmen of key House committees have threatened to flood the president, his administration and his family business with investigations and subpoenas once they take power in January.

Indeed, last year's turkey pardons, Wishbone and Drumstick, have already passed on to the great turkey meadow in the sky along with the other previous pardons.

Trump said in the statement, which began with two lines the likes of which are rarely seen in an official White House statement: "America First!" and "The world is a very risky place!"

Trump then said, "All joking aside".

President Donald Trump to Pardon Peas, the 2018 White House Thanksgiving Turkey