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Trump pardons turkeys Bread & Butter

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Thanksgiving turkeys – Bread and Butter – earned a presidential pardon on Tuesday.

The White House sponsored an online contest to help President Donald Trump as he contemplates his role in the 30-year-old tradition of sparing the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

According to the White House, Bread is a 45-pound (20-kilogram) turkey who likes a cherry flavored soft drink called Cheerwine, bluegrass music and college basketball. Butter weighs 47 pounds (21 kilograms) and enjoys eating sweet potato fries, listening to bagpipes and watching NASCAR.

Trump pardoned the birds Tuesday afternoon at the White House. He will now fly to Florida for a campaign rally and to spend Thanksgiving with his family.

President George H.W. Bush established the annual turkey pardon tradition in 1989 by sparing a 50-pound (23-kilogram) bird.

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