President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, right, gives "Peas", on of the National Thanksgiving Turkeys, an absolute pardon during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, Nov. 20, 2018.
President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, right, gives "Peas", on of the National Thanksgiving Turkeys, an absolute pardon during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, Nov. 20, 2018.

WASHINGTON - In an annual Thanksgiving tradition, President Donald Trump has used the power of his office to keep a pair of turkeys off the holiday table.
 
Trump's poultry pardon means the two turkeys - a 39-pound bird named Peas and a 41-pounder named Carrots - will get to live the rest of their lives at a Virginia farm. Both were raised on a farm near Huron, South Dakota. First lady Melania Trump joined her husband for the act of mercy carried out during a light-hearted ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.
 
President George H.W. Bush established the annual turkey pardon tradition in 1989 by sparing a 50-pound bird.
 
Trump was traveling to his Florida estate later Tuesday to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family.