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and behavior, that i think all the kinds of records that are used in government need to see the light of day and that the citizens of texas deserve to know what is going on in washington. >> the most important issue for the state of texas is educational choice. hopefully we will get a bill passed next session. >> voices from the states on c-span. this afternoon president trump responded to reporters' questions about roy moore, the accused -- who was the alabama republican who was accused of sexual assault of minors. president trump: we do not need a liberal person in there, a democrat. jones, i looked at his record.
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he is terrible on the border, terrible on the military. we do not need somebody that is going to be that on crime, that on borders, that on the military, that on the second amendment. [indiscernible] president trump: he denies it. he denies it. is reallyks at what going on, if you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours, he totally denies it. he says it did not happen. you have to listen to him also. he said 40 years ago this did not happen. [indiscernible] president trump: i will be letting you know next week, but i can tell you we do not need anybody who is soft on crime like jones. [indiscernible] [helicopter noise]
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president trump: let me tell you. roy moore denies it. he totally denies it. [indiscernible] president trump: women are very special. i think it is a very special time, because a lot of things are coming out, and i think that is good for our society, and i think it is very, very good for women, and i'm very happy a lot of these things are coming out, and i'm very happy, either happy it is being exposed. [indiscernible] notident trump: look, i do want to speak for al franken. i do not know what happened -- i just heard about conyers two minutes ago. srs franken is concerned, he is going to have to speak -- as far as franken is concerned, he is going to have to speak for himself. i would rather have him speak to himself -- for himself. what?
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we had a great call with president putin. we talked about north korea. we had a call that lasted almost an hour and half. we put out a release on the call. we are talking strongly about peace to this area. we are talking strongly about north korea and ukraine. [indiscernible] president trump: cannot hear you. louder. president trump: i am not to get involved in litigation, but i felt that was a deal -- i do not think it is a good deal for the country. i'm not going to get involved in irrigation. thank you, everybody. have a very great thanksgiving. do you believe more more -- roy moore? president trump: well, he denies it. 40 years is a long time. he has run eight races, and this
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is only,. most of them are trumped voters. all of them is you have to do is you have to do. you totally denies it. [indiscernible] president trump: i do. i really do. i think it should. thank you. have a good thanksgiving, everybody.
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>> earlier, president trump continued a yearly white house tradition by pardoning a couple of thanks healing turkeys named wishbone and drumstick. the president joked he could not overturn former president obama's pardons from last year. here is the ceremony. [turkey gobbles] gentlemen, the president of the united states and mrs. john, accompanied by barron trump. thank you forp: being here, and welcome to the white house, very special place. entirelf of us and the
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trump family, i want to wish you and all americans a very happy and blessed thanksgiving, and i hear the that beautiful turkey. we are here today to continue a .onderful american tradition today in the spirit of thanksgiving i will grant a presidential pardon to a turkey. i'm especially pleased that we are joined for this great whittenburg the chairman of the national turkey federation, along with his wife, charlene, and sons nate and wyatt. it was 70 years ago that the national turkey federation first presented the national thanksgiving turkey the president harry truman, who i might add did not grant the pardon. he refused. he was a tough cookie. today, i'm going to be a much nicer president.
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[turkey gobbles] over the past 10 months, melania and i have had the pleasure of welcoming many, many special visitors to the great white house. we've hosted dozens of incredible world leaders, members of congress, and, along the way, a few very strange birds. but we have yet to receive any visitors quite like our magnificent guest of honor today -- drumstick. hi, drumstick. oh, drumstick, i think, is going to be very happy. i'm pleased to report that, unlike millions of other turkeys at this time of the year, drumstick has a very, very bright future ahead of him. drumstick was raised on carl and sharlene's turkey farm in douglas county, minnesota, with the help of five young women from the douglas county 4-h
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chapter who are here with us today. and i want to say, great work. where are they? please stand. great job you've done. (applause.) 4-h. that's great. thank you. upon being pardoned, drumstick and his friend, wishbone, will live out their days at gobbler's rest -- beautiful place. it's custom-built. it's an enclosure on the campus of virginia tech. tremendous school. there, they'll join tater and tot, the two turkeys pardoned last year by president obama. as many of you know, i have been in very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor. however, i have been informed by the white house counsel's office that tater and tot's pardons cannot, under any circumstances, be revoked.
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[applause] president trump: so we're not going to revoke them. so, tater and tot, you can rest easy. i'd also like to thank the national turkey federation for bringing along two other turkeys from jaindl's turkey farm in orefield, pennsylvania -- the great state of pennsylvania. we're donating these turkeys to martha's table, a truly fantastic charity right here in washington, d.c., which provides warm meals to people in need. they do a fantastic job. before we get to the pardon, i would like to take a moment to extend our very heartfelt special message -- thanks. 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. many of you are always -- and
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you know your loved ones -- and you're far away, and you spend so much time away. 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. and i'd also like to express my thanks to the wonderful citizens of our country -- the people who care for our communities, raise america's children, uphold our laws and our values, and make this amazing land into our national home. as we gather together with our families on thanksgiving and give thanks for our many blessings, we are reminded of the national family to which we all belong as citizens of this incredible country. this thursday, as we give thanks
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for our cherished loved ones, let us also renew our bonds of trust, loyalty, and affection between our fellow citizens as members of a proud national family of americans. and now i think drumstick and wishbone would be very thankful if we would just get around to the pardon. they say, "enough talk, please pardon us." so i want to thank everybody for being here today and wish everybody a very, very happy thanksgiving -- very special people, a very special country. thank you very much. thank you. [applause] wow.dent trump: wow. big bird. how heavy is that bird?
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>> 36 pounds. president trump: 36 pounds. big bird. [indiscernible] president trump: are you ready, drumstick? ok. drumstick, you are hereby pardoned. thank you very much, everybody. thank you. >> [indiscernible]
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president trump: thank you, everybody. [applause] >> thanksgiving day on c-span,
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