President Trump crowns the 2018 National Thanksgiving Turkey
Today in the Rose Garden, President Donald J. Trump participated in a classic Thanksgiving tradition: the White House turkey pardoning. From the moment polls opened yesterday, Americans began casting their votes online for our two very qualified candidates, Peas and Carrots.
With the votes now tallied, by a razor-thin margin, Peas has earned the honor of 2018 National Thanksgiving Turkey!
Along with his runner-up and alternate, Carrots, Peas will move to the “Gobbler’s Rest” exhibit in Blacksburg, Virginia. At Gobbler’s Rest, students and veterinarians within Virginia Tech’s Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences will care for both turkeys, who will soon be available for public visitation.
“As we gather together this week with those we love, we share our gratitude to all of those who spend this holiday very, very far from home, serving in our military overseas,” President Trump said from the Rose Garden. “We send our eternal gratitude to the heroes who keep America safe, strong, proud, prosperous, and free.”
Something to share: President Trump on the history of the turkey pardon
It’s time to vote . . . in the 2018 turkey pardon!
Tomorrow, President Trump will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey at a ceremony in the Rose Garden, continuing a longstanding White House tradition.
It’s up to you to decide which bird he pardons. Our two feathered candidates—Peas and Carrots—arrived in Washington over the weekend. Be sure to cast your vote before polls close at 11 a.m. ET tomorrow, November 20.
Vice President Pence returns from Asia
Vice President Mike Pence visited Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Papua New Guinea in the past week to reaffirm President Trump’s commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific—one where all nations are sovereign, strong, and prosperous.
In Papua New Guinea, the Vice President attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, highlighting American leadership in promoting fair and reciprocal trade. “While we’ve been forging new deals, we’ve also stood up to countries that use unfair trade practices. Just look at the stand that President Trump has taken on our trading relationship with China,” the Vice President said.
“We hope for better. The United States though will not change course until China changes its ways.”
Go deeper: The Vice President’s full remarks to APEC