Washington (Reuters) – President Joe Biden says his rescue dog, a German Shepherd named Major, is being trained after an incident last week, but has not been removed from the White House, adding pets still surrounded by strangers is.
“Major did not cut anyone and pierced the skin,” Beiden told the ABC program “Good Morning America” in an interview aired Wednesday.
“You turn the corner and there are two people you don’t know at all and they walk in, and he proceeds to defend,” said Biden, referring to the US Secret Service and other employees, who are German Shepherd faces 18-acre (7) -checkred) White House complex.
Biden, who lives in the White House with his two dogs after becoming president in January, said, “He’s a cute dog. Seventy-five percent of the people love him. He licks him and shakes his tail.”
“The dog is being trained right now … I didn’t send him home at Denisware”, Biden said.
The White House said last week that the dog had returned to Biden’s home state while the president and first lady Jill Biden were traveling, but did not directly address media reports of an incident involving security staff.
Asked if the Major was now “out of the Dog House,” Biden said: “Yes.”
Biden adopted Major from the Delaware Humane Society in 2018 to join his other German Shepherds. That dog, the champion, is already familiar with Washington life. Biden received the champion in 2008, the year he was elected vice president under President Barack Obama.
(Reporting by Susan Heave; Editing by Will Dunham)
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