Selin ATAY-TDO-US President Donald Trump pardoned two turkeys, "butter" and "bread," in a traditional ceremony ahead of Thanksgiving and cracked jokes about efforts to impeach him.
Trump, who attended the ceremony traditionally held annually at the White House with his wife, Melania Trump, pardoned two turkeys, "bread" and "butter." The turkeys were sent to a farm in the state of Virginia.
"Thankfully Bread and Butter have been specially raised by the Jacksons to remain calm under any conditions," Trump said, setting up his first joke Tuesday. "Which will be especially important because they've already received subpoenas to appear in Adam Schiff's basement on Thursday. Hundreds of people have!"
"It seems the Democrats are accusing me of being too soft on Turkey, but Bread and Butter, I should note, that unlike previous witnesses, you and I have actually met. It’s very unusual.”
"In any event, I expect this will be very popular with the news media, after all turkeys are very closely related to vultures," Trump said, before essentially confirming his staff had written the prepared jokes. "I'm not sure I like that line, but a little truth to it."
During last year's Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony, the president made several similar political jokes. Last year's turkeys were named "Peas" and "Carrots" and the year before the pair were dubbed "Tater" and "Tot."
“There has been a very tight rivalry between a number of turkeys trying to win the right to enter the White House,” President Obama said at the turkey pardon ceremony, referring to the presidential candidates likely to take his place in the 2016 election.