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The turkey, named Corn, was introduced to President Trump after it was declared the national Thanksgiving turkey.

Corn, and his friend Cob, traveled to the US capital from their home in Iowa for the Turkish National Federation, but after an online vote, only Corn received the honor of receiving a presidential pardon.

United States President Donald Trump with First Lady Melania Trump forgave corn the Thanksgiving turkey at the White House. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

However, fortunately for Cob, both birds will now retire to a new home on the Iowa State University campus.

The short ceremony was attended by First Lady Melania Trump and took place inside the Rose Garden of the White House. Trump and his wife chose not to wear face masks, but their daughter Ivanka Trump, who was there with her husband Jared Kushner and their two children, covered her face.

Trump ignored questions from reporters about the election and the announcement of Biden’s team.

Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, attended the ceremony with her husband Jared Kushner and their children Arabella and Theodore. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)
Instead, he briefly acknowledged the coronavirus pandemic, thanking medical and scientific workers, and praising the progress of accelerated vaccines.

The turkey pardon is a White House tradition, which was formally assumed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, according to the White House Historical Association.

Turkey corn was chosen as the national Thanksgiving turkey in a tradition that dates back decades in the White House. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

The ceremony itself became an annual event in 1989 when President George HW Bush, with animal rights activists picketing nearby, told reporters: “But let me assure you, and this good turkey, that it will not end. on nobody’s table, not even this guy – he’s granted a presidential pardon as of now – and lets him live out his days on a children’s farm not far from here. “

Before that, presidents of the United States had been gifted turkeys dating back to the 1870s.

When the chosen turkeys arrive in Washington DC, they stay at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel before the White House clemency.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend Turkey’s pardon at the White House. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

The Turkish National Federation, which began giving presidents turkeys in 1947, has spent $ 1.5 million lobbying in the past decade, to keep the Thanksgiving spectacle going and keep Americans interested in eating the festive bird. .

It’s not the first time that the typically joyous turkey pardon ceremony has been held at a tense time for the nation.

Trump used last year’s pardon to make jokes about the impeachment process. The House would go on to pass two articles of impeachment the following month and the Senate would subsequently vote to acquit him.

In 2018, Trump joked about one of the turkeys contesting the clemency election. The scenario you described bears a striking resemblance to the one you face today.

“This was a fair election,” the president joked. “Unfortunately, Carrots refused to budge and demanded a recount, and we’re still fighting Carrots. But I’ll tell you we’ve come to a conclusion. Carrots. I’m sorry to say the result didn’t change. That’s too bad for Carrots.”


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