A live turkey is brought into the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room before the media at the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018.

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump grants poultry pardons to turkeys Peas and Carrots

November 20, 2018 - 1:58 pm

WASHINGTON (1010 WINS/AP) — In an annual Thanksgiving tradition, President Donald Trump has used the power of his office to keep a pair of turkeys off the holiday table.

Trump's poultry pardon means 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. Both were raised on a farm near Huron, South Dakota. First lady Melania Trump joined her husband for the act of mercy carried out during a light-hearted ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

While the turkeys are headed to a farm called Gobbler's Rest to live out their days, the president joked that it might not be entirely restful.

"Even though Peas and Carrots have received a presidential pardon, I have warned them that house democrats are likely to issue them both subpoenas," he said.

President George H.W. Bush established the annual turkey pardon tradition in 1989 by sparing a 50-pound bird.

Trump was traveling to his Florida estate later Tuesday to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family.