Joe Biden’s Dog Removed From White House Premises After Shocking Attacks
President Joe Biden is known for his love of German Shepherd dogs. The Democratic President famously brought two of the
President Joe Biden is known for his love of German Shepherd dogs. The Democratic President famously brought two of the large breed dogs with him when he moved into the White House in 2021. But now, both of those dogs have been removed from the White House premises.
And it all comes down to the way that they interact with White House staff and Secret Service agents. Here’s what we know about the President’s two troubled dogs, Major and Commander.
Major Removed From the White House
President Joe Biden has sent a second German Shepherd dog away from the White House following at least a dozen biting incidents https://t.co/Ymvfd8pVjS
— Bloomberg (@business) October 5, 2023
Dog people know that there’s nothing harder than being separated from your beloved canine companions. Especially if you’re in a period of stress or change, and you need your pooch by your side. Unfortunately for President Joe Biden, his furry friends have been removed from him one at a time. And at the worst possible time; as the President ramps up his 2024 election campaign and prepares for another lengthy battle next year.
In mid-2021, the White House announced that Major, then 3 years old, would be removed from the premises. He had been involved in “a series of biting episodes,” according to the East Wing complex statements on the matter. The Bidens sent him away to live with a family member in Delaware. And he received some formal training at a “Washington-area” facility. After Major was removed from the White House, that left the Bidens only Champ, a then-10-year-old German Shepherd.
But in December 2021, Joe Biden’s brother James Biden gifted them another German Shepherd. This one, they named Commander. Unfortunately, Commander is on his way out from the White House now too. The 2-year-old was removed from the White House Campus on Wednesday after what First Lady Jill Biden’s spokesperson referred to as a “series of biting incidents.”
Now Joe Biden’s Second Dog, Commander, Also Removed From White House After Attacks
🚨 BREAKING: Joe Biden's dog ‘Commander’ has been removed from the White House after multiple biting incidents, including one caught on camera pic.twitter.com/6l5l7lELq2
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 5, 2023
The US Secret Service has publicly acknowledged that Commander was involved in 11 biting incidents. But CNN reports that sources say the number is actually much higher. The insiders say that the bites range in severity from minor to those requiring medical attention. And many of the bites have allegedly gone untreated and unreported.
Jill’s spokesperson, Elizabeth Alexander, spoke about the sad turn of events on Thursday. She explained in a statement to CNN, “The President and First Lady care deeply about the safety of those who work at the White House and those who protect them every day. They remain grateful for the patience and support of the U.S. Secret Service and all involved, as they continue to work through solutions.”
Alexander added, “Commander is not presently on the White House campus while next steps are evaluated.” While dog bites are their own complicated set of events, the overall atmosphere is becoming a problem for the Bidens with their Secret Service agents. After Major caused a significant bite to an agent in 2021, sources close to the situation report that trust was broken between the Bidens and their protectors. However, White House chief of communications Anthony Guglielmi disputes that rumor. He explained to CNN, “On this I can say with firsthand knowledge that it is categorically false. There is an immense degree of trust and respect between the Secret Service and the first family and we know those feelings are mutual.”
Commander’s ultimate fate is to be determined. For now, Joe Biden and Jill Biden have to wait and hope.