President Trump is about to participate in one of the great American traditions: the presidential turkey pardon.
On Tuesday in the White House’s Rose Garden, two special turkeys will be forgiven for their misdeeds and allowed to live out the rest of their days in peace.
While they wait for the much-anticipated ceremony, the yet-unnamed turkeys are enjoying a lavish stay at Washington, D.C.’s Willard InterContinental Hotel, the Washington Examiner reports.
The National Thanksgiving Turkey and the alternate bird checked into their $267 per night room on Sunday. The suite was paid for and “turkey-proofed” by the National Turkey Federation, which is charged with the task of providing turkeys to the White House every year.
National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his wife raised the turkeys in Minnesota as part of a “presidential flock.”
In a statement, the White House explained where the turkeys will go after the pardoning ceremony.
“After the pardoning, the turkeys will join last year’s turkeys at Virginia Tech’s ‘Gobblers Rest’ exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the university’s teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine.”
The presidential turkey pardon was started by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. Prior to that, the turkeys donated by the National Turkey Federation were simply eaten.
The turkeys have arrived and, according to the White House instagram story, they are staying … at the Willard Hotel… pic.twitter.com/VJCVSqV7O4
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) November 19, 2017
The White House will donate an additional two turkeys from the National Turkey Federation to the D.C.-based charity, Martha’s Table.
Following the pardoning, President Trump and the first family will be off to Mar-a-Lago in Florida to celebrate Thanksgiving.
— ABC News (@ABC) November 20, 2017
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