It's the 70th year that the trade group has presented the US president with a turkey to mark the Thanksgiving holiday.
"As many of you know, I have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor", Trump quipped. "So Tater and Tot, you can rest easy", Trump joked.
Trump will depart the White House this afternoon to spend Thanksgiving in Florida.
In an annual ceremony on Tuesday, President Trump pardoned Drumstick the turkey.
White House turkeys are 'Drumstick' and 'Wishbone'
Wishbone and Drumstick were both raised on a Minnesota turkey farm, and though Drumstick won the online White House poll, in actuality, both will go on to live at "Gobbler's Rest", on the campus of Virginia Tech, where other pardoned birds have resided. "Drumstick has a very, very bright future ahead of him".
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A good presidential turkey is stuffed with showmanship. It's a cool deal for Minnesota turkey growers, and Carl Wittenburg of Alexandria, Minnesota, Chair of the National Turkey Federation, who's tasked with providing the turkeys that President Trump will pardon. "He refused; he was a tough cookie". That year, President George H.W. Bush started what has become the tradition upheld by every president since.
President Trump has threatened no shortage of Obama-era policies and decisions, with last year's pardoning of Tater and Tot proving to be no exception. Recent honorees were chosen by vote on social media.