President Biden’s canine Commander is not dwelling on the White Home after a sequence of biting incidents involving employees members and Secret Service personnel, based on a spokeswoman for Jill Biden, the primary woman.
Elizabeth Alexander, Dr. Biden’s communications director, mentioned the canine was not dwelling with the primary household.
“Commander shouldn’t be presently on the White Home campus whereas subsequent steps are evaluated,” Ms. Alexander mentioned in a press release.
The transfer got here days after Commander, a 2-year-old German shepherd, bit a Secret Service officer. It was the eleventh episode of “aggressive habits” by the president’s pets, a lot of them involving Commander and the officers and brokers who shield the president.
One among Mr. Biden’s different canines, Main, was despatched to reside away from the White Home quickly after the president took workplace due to what was described on the time as a “biting incident” with a White Home employees member.
In her assertion, Ms. Alexander mentioned the president and the primary woman “care deeply concerning the security of those that work on the White Home and those that shield them day-after-day.”
She added, “They continue to be grateful for the endurance and assist of the U.S. Secret Service and all concerned as they proceed to work via options.”
Ms. Alexander didn’t say the place Commander was at the moment dwelling or when he would possibly return to the White Home.
Inner emails obtained by a conservative activist group and launched to the general public this summer season documented 10 cases of “aggressive habits” by the president’s pets.
In a kind of episodes, an agent was left “shaken,” based on the emails, when Commander started barking at him from the highest of a White Home staircase and he felt the necessity to hoist the chair he was sitting on to make use of as a protect.
Secret Service brokers are usually not chargeable for the president’s pets, however they continuously discover themselves close to the canines as they patrol the White Home grounds or perform their duties as protectors of the president and his household.
In July, after one other episode involving Commander, Anthony Guglielmi, the company’s chief of communications, mentioned that it was typically unavoidable for the brokers to be in shut quarters with the pets.
“Whereas particular brokers and officers neither look after nor deal with the primary household’s pets, we repeatedly work with all relevant entities to attenuate antagonistic impacts in an setting that features pets,” he mentioned.
After Commander bit the Secret Service officer late final month, the canine was allowed to stay on the White Home. On the time, Ms. Alexander blamed the canine’s habits on the stress of dwelling at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
“As we’ve famous earlier than, the White Home could be a hectic setting for household pets, and the primary household continues to work on methods to assist Commander deal with the customarily unpredictable nature of the White Home grounds,” she mentioned.