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As Trump and Melania Were About to Pardon Turkey, He Stops Everything to Speak Directly to Military

As President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump prepared to participate in the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony, the president carved out a special moment to speak directly to members of the U.S. military and first responders.

“Before we get to the pardon, I would like to take a moment to extend our very heartfelt, special message. Thanks, folks, to the finest and bravest people in the entire world: our great men and women in uniform. The military, law enforcement, first responders — these are incredible people, so thank you.”

Trump went on to express gratitude to military heroes and first responders for spending so much time away from their families to keep the nation safe.

“This Thanksgiving, I want each of you to know that we’re forever grateful for the incredible job and for the incredible sacrifices that you and your families make in defense of our nation, our freedom and our truly great American flag.”

Following his speech, Trump formally pardoned Drumstick, the turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House, with his family by his side.

Watch Trump’s special message to the U.S. military and first responders below.

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