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Wishbone, one of two turkeys set to be pardoned by President Donald Trump, is previewed by members of the press, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at the White House briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump's turkeys, Drumstick and Wishbone, will join Obama's Tater and Tot at Virginia Tech


Updated November 21, 2017 01:23 PM EST

President Trump on Tuesday said that a Thanksgiving turkey he pardoned at the White House has a "very, very bright future" ahead of it.

"Oh Drumstick, I think, is going to be very happy," he said before bestowing the honor upon the bird. "Drumstick has a very, very bright future ahead of him."

"They say, 'Enough talk, please pardon us,'" Trump joked of the animals before completing the annual tradition. "Drumstick, you are hereby pardoned."

Trump revealed that Drumstick and his companion, a second turkey named Wishbone, would next head to Gobbler's Rest at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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The president noted that they would join Tater and Tot, two other turkeys that had been pardoned by former President Barack Obama and now live there.

"I have been informed by the White House counsel's offices that Tater and Tot's pardons cannot be overturned under any circumstances," Trump said in a joke about overturning some of Obama's past policies.

Trump voiced admiration for Drumstick's size before pardoning the creature, calling it "a big bird" at 36 lbs. and noting he felt "so good about myself" when it remained calm.

The president also urged listeners to renew their place in America head of Thanksgiving Day this Thursday.

"Let us also renew our bonds of trust, loyalty and affection as members of a proud national family of Americans," he said at the White House's Rose Garden.

The current president has pardoned a national Thanksgiving turkey at the White House every year since former President Abraham Lincoln began the tradition.

Updated November 21, 2017 01:06 PM EST

President Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, are scheduled to pardon two Thanksgiving turkeys Tuesday afternoon at the White House, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Post-Gazette on Tuesday reported that the birds are named "Drumstick" and "Wishbone," while the White House noted the pair is staying at the nearby Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. prior to that afternoon's ceremony.

The White House on Monday tweeted that Drumstick's strutting style is "tall and proud," adding that the animal weighs 47 lbs. and stands 31 inches tall.

Wishbone, meanwhile, has a "strong shuffle" for his strutting style and weighs 36 lbs. while standing 28 inches tall.

The current president offering pardons to Thanksgiving turkeys each year is an annual tradition that began during former President Abraham Lincoln's administration.

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