Meet the Turkeys to Receive Trump's Thanksgiving Pardon


A pair of turkeys have a lot to be thankful for this year.

Two Minnesota turkeys look to be enjoying their Washington, D.C. visit ahead of their planned pardon by President Trump. The White House confirmed that the two turkeys had been parked in a luxury hotel in Washington, where the price for a night's stay runs from $200 to as much as $3,500, the Hill reported.

After the pardoning, the birds will join last year's Turkey at Virginia Tech University to live out the rest of their lives.

Carl, along with his wife, Sharlene, raised this year's presidential turkeys on their hobby farm in Alexandria.

The National Turkey Federation first presented a turkey to President Harry Truman in 1947.

President George H.W. Bush brought it back in 1989.

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The National Turkey Federation has delivered the birds to the Willard Intercontinental Hotel where they will relax ahead of Tuesday's official ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House.

The tradition of pardoning both turkeys, rather than selecting a survivor and a meal-to-be, began during former President Barack Obama's term in 2009, when, at the urging of daughters Sasha and Malia, the 44th president relieved both Courage and Carolina of an impending dinner-table death penalty.

The names of the birds will be released on social media shortly before the ceremony on Tuesday.

The National Turkey Foundation is picking up the tab.

Past birds have stayed in the W Hotel before being sent to Mount Vernon after they are pardoned, according to Time Magazine.