The two German Shepherds belonging to President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have been removed from the White House after displaying “aggressive behavior.”
“Major, who was adopted by Biden in November 2018 from a Delaware animal shelter, had what one of the people described as a ‘biting incident’ with a member of White House security,” CNN reported. “The exact condition of the victim is unknown, however, the episode was serious enough that the dogs were subsequently moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where they remain.”
The report noted that Major, which is the younger of the two dogs, “has been known to display agitated behavior on multiple occasions, including jumping, barking, and ‘charging’ at staff and security.” A White House official told NBC News on Tuesday morning that the dogs would “be back” and “went to Delaware to stay with family friends.”
The dogs have reportedly been allowed to roam around the White House complex as they please without a leash.
Following the presidential election in November, Biden fractured his foot after he fell while chasing one of his dogs after he got out of the shower.
“What happened was I got out of the shower. I got a dog and anybody who’s been around my house knows — dropped, little pup dropped a ball in front of me. And for me to grab the ball,” Biden claimed during an interview with CNN. “And I’m walking through this little alleyway to get to the bedroom. And I grabbed the ball like this and he ran. And I’m joking, running after him and grab his tail. And what happened was that he slid on a throw rug. And I tripped on the rug he slid on. That’s what happened. Oh man, not a very exciting story.”
After Biden’s dogs were sent away from the White House, online political commentators mocked Biden over the incident, with one person writing: “Maybe a breed of dog known for its heightened drug sniffing abilities wasn’t the best choice for the Biden family.”
CNN noted comments that Jill Biden made last month during an interview on “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” where she noted that she was “obsessed” with trying to get the dogs settled into their new environment.
“I’ve been getting obsessed with getting our dogs settled because we have an old dog and we have a very young dog,” Jill Biden said. “They have to take the elevator, they’re not used to that, and they have to go out on the South Lawn with lots of people watching them. So that’s what I’ve been obsessed with, getting everybody settled and calm.”
This report has been updated to include additional information, including a quote from a White House official.
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