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Traditionally, the President of the US pardons two turkeys for Thanksgiving. After the election three weeks ago, the words of Donald Trump from 2018 resound. How does he react this year?

Washington (AP) – US President Donald Trump saved two turkeys from death in the traditional ceremony shortly before Thanksgiving.

In the garden of the White House, he pardoned the turkey “corn”. Together with “Cob” (piston), “Corn” will from now on live at the University of Iowa.

The White House had previously voted online on which of the two turkeys would become the national Thanksgiving turkey. Ahead of this year’s ceremony, in the midst of the ongoing dispute over the election results, memories of 2018 were aroused. Trump at the time had forgiven the birds “peas” (peas) and “carrots” (carrots) and caused amusement among his guests when he announced the result of the vote and said, “That was a fair choice. Unfortunately, Carrots refused to allow defeat. and asked for a recount, and we still have an argument with Carrots. ”But it was decided that nothing had changed in the result, Trump added. “Too good for carrots.”

The words resonate in light of Trump’s behavior after the US election three weeks ago. He does not acknowledge his own defeat against Democrat Joe Biden even three weeks after the election and has filed lawsuits in several states, including to secure recounts. Until Monday, Trump’s Biden administration team prevented preparations for taking office on January 20.

Now Trump tried his hand with humor in a more conventional way. “Thanksgiving is a special day for turkeys. Not very good when you think about it, ”he said. Turkey is the traditional food at the Thanksgiving festival. The tradition of a president pardoning turkey on Thanksgiving dates back to Abraham Lincoln.

Trump also used his performance to boast the record high of 30,000 points reached Tuesday by the US leading index Dow Jones Industrial and to call the “China virus”, as he calls the coronavirus. During the traditional Thanksgiving Thanksgiving, he added thanks for the vaccines that would end the pandemic.

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