President-elect Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are toning down their Thanksgiving plans, but there’s one holiday tradition that the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t derailed: the annual turkey pardon.
Trump will be spending the holiday at the White House this
year, swapping his usual celebration at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida for the
presidential mansion. On Tuesday, he’ll pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey
at a ceremony in the Rose Garden. (This year’s candidates are named Corn and
Biden, meanwhile, said last week that he’s keeping his own
celebration to three people.
“I’ve got a big family you’ve probably heard a lot about,” he said in a virtual meeting with health-care workers. “We do everything together,” he said, but added: “Well, we’re just not going to, there’s going to be three of us.” A Biden spokesman didn’t return a request for comment about who Biden would spend the holiday with.
As Thanksgiving approaches, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is strongly recommending that Americans avoid traveling to see family members over the holiday. On Monday, the U.S. tally of COVID-19 cases rose above 12 million, with new daily infections heading toward 200,000.
As the Associated Press reports, Trump and his family typically spend Thanksgiving in Palm Beach, and have dinner in a ballroom along with dues-paying members who buy tickets to attend the event.