It's the 70th year that the trade group has presented the USA president with a turkey to mark the Thanksgiving holiday.
"As many of you know, I have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor", Trump said. "So Tater and Tot, you can rest easy", Trump joked.
President Trump will pardon two turkeys in a Rose Garden ceremony tomorrow in a Thanksgiving White House tradition.
Trump was headed to his Florida estate later Tuesday for Thanksgiving.
After Trump officially pardoned "Drumstick" at the White House, a reporter yelled the question out as onlookers applauded and drowned him out.
"Names for each were suggested by people from around the world and this morning, we are introducing you, for the first time, to Wishbone and Drumstick", Wittenburg said as the crowd clapped and the turkeys loudly gobbled.More news: Water-shed moment: Trump drinks crow
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The Republican president couldn't resist referring to his predecessor, former Democratic President Barack Obama, who pardoned two turkeys named Tater and Tot previous year.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A good presidential turkey is stuffed with showmanship. "He refused. He was a tough cookie", Trump said.
Barron Trump joins his father as the president pardons Drumstick, the national Thanksgiving turkey, in the Rose Garden at the White House on November 21, 2017.
Whether or not that's true, the first documented turkey pardon was given by President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
President George H.W. Bush brought it back in 1989.