Monday 19 August 2019

President Trump gives permission to pardon Dustin the Turkey for Thanksgiving

Charge d'Affaires of the US Embassy, Reece Smyth pardons Dustin the Turkey at a Thanksgiving reception at the US Ambassador's Residence in the Phoenix park. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Charge d'Affaires of the US Embassy, Reece Smyth pardons Dustin the Turkey at a Thanksgiving reception at the US Ambassador's Residence in the Phoenix park. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Allison Bray

Donald Trump has issued a last minute reprieve for Ireland’s favourite bird.

Dustin the Turkey was granted a pardon from the chopping block at a reception at the American ambassador’s residence this evening as Americans prepare for their annual Thanksgiving celebrations on Thursday.

In keeping with tradition in which the President ‘pardons’ a turkey from slaughter for the annual harvest feast, Chargé d’Affaires Reece Smyth announced the foul-mouthed puppet would be spared the chop.

Dressed in a silver lamé bomber jacket adorned with red and blue stars, Dustin spoke of his relief in not winding up on the dinner table.

"It's a dangerous time for us." he said.

But it didn’t take him long to get back to his wise-cracking ways, noting one speaker "was so dull he could have been Canadian."

He then vowed to head across the Phoenix park to Áras an Uachtaráin to begin a charm offensive on President Michael D. Higgins, or 'Mickey D' as he referred to him, to see if he would also ensure his safety this Christmas.

Meanwhile, Mr Smyth said he is honoured to be working with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on "matters of mutual interest" including the Brexit negotiations and the restoration of power-sharing in Northern Ireland as well as the promotion of trade between Ireland and the US.

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