Donald Trump Meets Tradition And Forgives Turkeys … But Not The Press

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, continued on Tuesday with the tradition established in 1989 by President George H.W. Bush (1989-1993) to pardon the turkeys presented at the White House on the occasion of the Thanksgiving holiday, in a brief act that he took to charge against the press and against the democrat Adam Schiff, president of the legislative committee that leads Further an investigation that could lead to a political trial.

"Somehow I expected this event to be very popular with the press, after all the turkeys look like vultures," the head of state said jokingly in front of the two birds, baptized as Bread and Butter (bread and butter) , in English).

The president also had bitter words for Adam Schiff, chairman of the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives, who has been one of those in charge of the legislative investigation to see if there are reasons to subject the president to a impeachment political trial, because of his alleged pressure on the Ukrainian government to investigate former Democratic President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

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"Luckily, Bread and Butter have been specially bred to be calm in any situation, which is very important because they have already received citations to appear in the basement of Adam Schiff on Thursday," said the president accompanied by the first lady, Melania Trump

Donald Trump left Tuesday with his son Barron (on his back) and his wife Melania, to their residence from Mar to Lago, in Florida, to spend the Thanksgiving party. / EFE

In addition, the president took advantage of this brief appearance before the public and the media to boast that "the country has never been more successful" than under his mandate, which he said he saw reflected in the military operation against which he was the leader of the jihadist group ISIS, Abi Bakr al Bagdadi, and that resulted in his death.

The investigation tarnishes the president's minivacations

President Donald Trump planned to travel to Florida on Tuesday, where he will celebrate Thanksgiving at his residence in that state. But the investigation with a view to a political trial against him threatens to ruin the party.

Trump also planned to participate in a political act, in order to reconnect with his Republican base, in a state that will be key to the November 2020 presidential elections.

With its electoral weight and how tight the results are always, Florida is a key state in the electoral puzzle.

The rally will serve Trump to show that he still maintains control of his Republican base. Meanwhile, the Democratic party plans to receive it with a protest and the deployment of a giant balloon shaped like "baby Trump."

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Trump will spend the holiday at Mar-a-Lago, his sunny golf course and private residence on the Atlantic coast of Florida.

But in cold Washington, the Democrats will continue to work to try to make Trump the third president subject to a political trial after Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.

In Sunrise, Florida, followers of Donald Trump met at a campaign event. / EFE

Democrats investigating Trump are ready to move forward in the impeachment process after the break for Thanksgiving, having spent two weeks interviewing advisers and diplomats.

The president is investigated because he allegedly asked the president of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenski, to investigate his political rival Joe Biden in exchange for giving him a military aid he had already promised.

The Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives, which deals with the investigation, announced Tuesday that it will begin the next phase on December 4 and invited Trump and his lawyers to participate.

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Turkeys and tradition

The Thanksgiving holiday was proclaimed by the first US head of state, George Washington (1789-1797), with the aim of celebrating "the birth of a new nation and its prosperity"; and it is celebrated on the third Thursday of November since President Franklin D. Roosvelt (1933-1945) decided in 1941.

Americans have a tradition of eating turkey at this time in memory of the first settlers in the northeast of the country, known hunters of these birds.

The presentation of the turkey in the White House dates back to the 1920s, dates on which they even put on glasses and sweaters for the occasion.

However, their style did not save them from ending up in a tray of the presidential halls to be tasted by the president's guests during the Thanksgiving dinner.

But the fate of these animals changed with the coming to power of President George H.W. Bush (1989-1993), who established as a tradition the forgiveness of at least one of the animals.

Source: EFE and AFP

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