Commanderhe German shepherd of the president of USA, Joe Bidenwas expelled from the White House and its future is in doubt, after the dog bit several agents of the Secret Service and other employees of the presidential complex, as confirmed this Wednesday Elizabeth Alexanderspokesperson for the first lady, Jill Biden.
“Commander “He is not currently (inside the White House), while the next decisions are being evaluated,” the spokesperson said in a short statement.
President Joe Biden and his wife “are very committed to the safety of all the staff of the White House and those who protect them every day,” he added.
The statement came hours after the White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre received questions during his daily conference about a new allegation that Commander had bitten an official worker.
Jean Pierre He referred questions to the first lady’s office, which noted that Commander and Dale Haneythe head gardener of the White Housewere playing and that no skin was torn or broken during the incident, which was photographed by a tourist and posted on the internet.
Commanderwho had just returned from a training course, made the news last Wednesday when the Secret Servicein charge of protecting senior officials, announced that one of its agents had been bitten.
On Thursday, American media reported that the German shepherd, who arrived at the White House in 2021 As a puppy, he was involved in more biting episodes than previously known.
According to the chain cnn and AxionBesides 11 incidents known until that moment with personnel of the Secret Servicethe dog would have attacked other members of the White House staff.
The pet was a gift that the president received from his family, months after the death of Champa German shepherd who accompanied the couple for 13 years.
The presidential couple had already announced in the summer that the dog would go to a training centerafter the press reported several episodes of bites, including one that led the victim to the hospital.
Majoranother of the Bidens’ dogs, was also sent for a time to training in Delawarein 2021, for a dressage course after biting at least one White House employee.
On the recommendation of specialists, the Biden family finally had to part with the dog and entrust it to friends who live “in a quieter environment.”
In US history, most presidential families They have had the company of a pet in the White House: Barack Obama (2009-2017) had two Portuguese water dogs, bo and sunnywhile his predecessor, George W. Bush (2001-2009) lived with three dogs and a cat.
(With information from EFE, AFP and The Associated Press)