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Trump Uses Pardoning Power Without Ruffling Feathers



ELISE HU, HOST:

This is a story about dual guys lifted together on a sounds of Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Journey.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “DON’T STOP BELIEVIN'”)

STEVE PERRY: (Singing) Just a city child innate and lifted in South Detroit.

HU: Actually, these guys were lifted in Douglas County, Minn.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

They were innate this past June. And they were unprotected to song early on to assistance them get used to opposite sounds, bathing them for a large moment.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Today, in a suggestion of Thanksgiving, we will extend a presidential atonement to a turkey.

SHAPIRO: The annual White House Thanksgiving turkey atonement – Drumstick was a star turkey, though Wishbone, his wing man, also got a pardon.

HU: They will go on to join a final turkey span spared during a White House by President Obama, Tater and Tot. And today, Trump announced a standing of those turkeys won’t change.

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TRUMP: As many of we know, we have been really active in overturning a series of executive actions by my predecessor. However, we have been sensitive by a White House counsel’s bureau that Tater and Tot’s pardons can't underneath any resources be revoked. So we’re not going to devaluate them. So Tater and Tot, we can rest easy.

SHAPIRO: They’ve been vital during a turkey refuge during Virginia Tech called Gobbler’s Rest. Wishbone and Drumstick will join them there.

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TRUMP: Are we ready, Drumstick? OK, Drumstick, we are hereby pardoned.

HU: And in a moment, Drumstick was calm. He fluffed his feathers and didn’t pierce from his perch, a list flashy with fall-colored leaves, roses and tiny pumpkins. The turkey training with a song had paid off.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “DON’T STOP BELIEVIN'”)

JOURNEY: (Singing) Don’t stop believin’. Hold on to that feeling. Street lights, people…

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