Richmond Times-Dispatch

Trump pardons turkeys in amore somber ceremony


WASHINGTON— Nostalgia was in and jokes were out Tuesday as President Donald Trump offered a reprieve to a pair of meaty turkeys at the traditiona­l Thanksgivi­ng turkey-pardoning ceremony at the White House.

The National Turkey Federation presented the White House with two birds, Corn and Cob. Corn was declared the national Thanksgivi­ng turkey, though both will retire to a new home on the campus of Iowa State University.

Trump did not take questions from reporters as he spoke in the Rose Garden to more than 100 staff and guests, the vast majority wearing masks. His tone was more serious than in prior turkeypard­oning ceremonies.

The practice of sending a turkey to a farm became the norm under President Ronald Reagan.

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