'That's a big bird', watch Trump pardon Thanksgiving turkey

Mr Trump praised the turkey he was pardoning, Drumstick, as a "big bird" and played up its hopes for the years to come.

President Trump has threatened no shortage of Obama-era policies and decisions, with last year's pardoning of Tater and Tot proving to be no exception.

The birds from western Minnesota will be pardoned by President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

Drumstick, and the backup bird, Wishbone, were raised on a turkey farm in Douglas County, Minnesota.

"Please stand what a great job you've done", Trump said.

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

"Names for each were suggested by people from around the world and this morning, we are introducing you, for the first time, to Wishbone and Drumstick", Wittenburg said as the crowd clapped and the turkeys loudly gobbled. "So Tater and Tot, you can rest easy", Trump joked. Formal pardons began with President George H.W. Bush in 1989.

Like many distinguished White House guests, Wishbone and Drumstick got special tours earlier on Tuesday.

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

Trump thanked the military and law enforcement prior to the pardon.

Shouted one reporter: "Thanks for the gaggle".

  • Joey Payne