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    US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participated part in the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon at the White House on Tuesday. Two national Thanksgiving turkeys, Corn and Cob, were picked for 2020, raised by the National Turkey Foundation's (NTF) chairman and Iowa turkey farmer Ron Kardel.

    The ceremony of sending turkeys to US presidents for the Thanksgiving holiday dates back to the 19th century when turkeys had been donated to the president as gifts from private citizens. The first official Thanksgiving Turkey pardon ceremony was held by US President George H. W. Bush in 1989. Since 2016, all unpardoned turkeys have gone to the "Gobblers Rest" exhibit at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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