Trump was accompanied by his wife, Melania Trump, in an autumn patterned coat slung over her shoulders, and the couple's 11-year-old son, Barron Trump, who wore a coat and tie for the occasion. It's the 70th year that the trade group has presented the USA president with a turkey to mark the Thanksgiving holiday. "So Tater and Tot, you can rest easy", Trump said of last year's feathered guests. "Today, I'm going to be a much nicer president".
"I'm happy to report that unlike millions of turkeys around this time of year, he has a very bright future ahead him", Trump said of the gobbler.
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Although Drumstick was chosen as the 2017 National Thanksgiving Turkey via an online vote, both birds will live out their days in Virginia. "He was a tough cookie".
Following a short speech in which he thanked service members, police and emergency workers, Trump walked over to a table on which Drumstick had been placed.
The Kennedy, Nixon and Carter administrations reportedly turned away turkeys they were presented with, and sending them off to farms became common practice under President Reagan, according to the WHHA.
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Mr Trump praised the turkey he was pardoning, Drumstick, as a "big bird" and played up its hopes for the years to come.
"To the finest and bravest people in the entire world, our great men and women in uniform: the military, law enforcement, first responders".
"I'd also like to express my thanks to the wonderful citizens of our country-the people who care for our communities, raise America's children, uphold our laws and our values, and make this awesome land into our national home". Trump is set to spend the Thanksgiving holiday at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.
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