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Trump addresses pandemic but not election during annual turkey pardon

Added 11-24-20 03:58:03pm EST - “President Trump presided over the annual turkey pardon Tuesday, making reference to the coronavirus pandemic but not the fact that it will be his? last time fulfilling the Thanksgiving tradition? before leaving office in January.” - Thehill.com

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE presided over the annual turkey pardon Tuesday, making reference to the coronavirus pandemic but not the fact that it will be his last time fulfilling the Thanksgiving tradition before leaving office in January.

Trump's White House remarks were closely watched given how infrequently he has spoken in the three weeks since Election Day, but he stayed on script and offered praise for front-line workers during an unprecedented holiday season.

"What we’ve endured and been able to endure with the vaccines now coming out one after another, it’s an incredible thing that happened," he said. "One of the greatest medical achievements that this planet has ever seen. But it’s time to remember that we live in a great, great country. The greatest of them all. And there’s nothing even close, as far as I’m concerned." 

"We send our love to every member of the armed forces and the law enforcement heroes risking their lives to keep America safe, to keep America great, and as I say, America first. Shouldn’t go away from that. America first," he added, the only point in his remarks where he came close to acknowledging that he would not be commander-in-chief for much longer.

Trump has in the past sprinkled jokes about current events into his remarks at the yearly tradition. But this year's remarks made no such reference to his refusal to concede or the start of the formal transition to the Biden administration.

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