Videos of the Day: Trump Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey

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Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
November 20, 2018 Updated: November 20, 2018

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As part of a White House Thanksgiving tradition, President Donald Trump pardoned a turkey named Peas on Nov. 20 in a Rose Garden ceremony, calling it “a lucky bird.”

“That turkey is so lucky. I’ve never seen such a beautiful turkey,” Trump said.

“It has been stated that President Abraham Lincoln —‘Honest Abe’—was the first president to grant such a pardon after his son Tad befriended the Christmas turkey and implored his father, ‘Please, Dad, please save it,’ and this grand tradition [began].”

The National Turkey Federation presented the president with two live domestic turkeys named Peas and Carrots. The president spared both turkeys from meeting the Thanksgiving table.

Trump said although both turkeys were being pardoned, Peas was declared the winner of a public vote conducted on the White House website. Trump said the election was “fair and open.”

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Trump: Ivanka’s Emails Totally Different From Hillary’s

President Trump defended daughter Ivanka amid email scrutiny, saying it’s totally different from what Hillary Clinton did as Secretary of State.

“They weren’t classified like Hillary Clinton. They weren’t deleted like Hillary Clinton who deleted 33,000. She wasn’t doing anything to hide her emails.

“I looked at it just very briefly today and the presidential records—they’re all in presidential records. There was no hiding. There was no deleting like Hillary Clinton did. There was no server in the basement like Hillary Clinton had.

“You were talking about a whole different, you’re talking about fake news. So what Ivanka did, it’s all in the presidential records. Everything is there,” Trump said.

CDC Warns: Don’t Eat Romaine Lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning about romaine lettuce due to a new E. coli outbreak, saying any romaine lettuce is suspect.

“Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick,” the CDC wrote in a notice on its website on Nov. 20.

Some 32 people are sick and 13 were hospitalized due to the E. coli outbreak, the agency said, adding that no one has died.

“This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad,” the CDC noted.

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Dead Whale Swallowed 1,000 Pieces of Plastic

A dead whale that washed ashore in Indonesia on Nov. 19, had a large lump of plastic in its stomach, officials announced on Nov. 20.

Rescuers from Wakatobi National Park found the rotting carcass of a 31-foot sperm whale late Nov. 19 after environmental activists alerted them that villagers had begun to butcher the carcass.

Park Chief Heri Santoso said that researchers from the park’s conservation academy and the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) found about 13 pounds of plastic waste in the whale’s stomach.

The lump included 115 plastic cups, 25 plastic bags, and four plastic bottles.

More than 1,000 other pieces of plastic were found inside the stomach.

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