Biden’s dog no longer in the White House after latest biting incident | ET REALITY


President Biden’s dog, Commander, no longer lives at the White House after a series of biting incidents involving staffers and Secret Service personnel, according to a spokeswoman for Jill Biden, the first lady.

Elizabeth Alexander, Dr. Biden’s communications director, said the dog was no longer living with the first family.

“The commander is not currently on the White House campus while next steps are evaluated,” Alexander said in a statement.

The move came days after Commander, a 2-year-old German shepherd, bit a Secret Service officer. It was the 11th episode of “aggressive behavior” by the president’s pets, many of them involving the commander and the officers and agents who protect the president.

One of Biden’s other dogs, Major, was sent to live away from the White House shortly after the president took office due to what was described at the time as a “biting incident” with a staff member. the White House.

In his statement, Alexander said the president and first lady “care deeply about the safety of those who work in the White House and those who protect them every day.”

He added: “They remain grateful for the patience and support of the US Secret Service and everyone involved as they continue to seek solutions.”

Alexander did not say where Commander was currently living or when he might return to the White House.

Internal emails obtained by a conservative activist group and released to the public this summer documented 10 cases of “aggressive behavior” by the president’s pets.

In one such episode, an agent was “shaken,” according to the emails, when Commander began barking at him from the top of a White House staircase and he felt the need to lift the chair he was sitting in to use it as shielding. .

Secret Service agents are not responsible for the president’s pets, but they are frequently found near the dogs while patrolling the White House grounds or fulfilling their duties as protectors of the president and his family.

In July, after another episode involving the commander, Anthony Guglielmi, the agency’s communications chief, said it was sometimes unavoidable for agents to be around pets.

“While Special Agents and Officers do not care for or handle First Family pets, we continually work with all appropriate entities to minimize adverse impacts on an environment that includes pets,” he said.

After Commander bit the Secret Service officer late last month, the dog was allowed to remain in the White House. At the time, Ms. Alexander attributed the dog’s behavior to the stress of living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

“As we have noted before, the White House can be a stressful environment for family pets, and the first family continues to work to help Commander manage the often unpredictable nature of the White House grounds,” he said.

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