In what some are calling a sign of increased tension and distrust between the Biden family and the U.S. Secret Service, President Joe Biden's dog, Commander, has been sent away from the White House amid revelations that he has been involved in more biting incidents have previously been made public, as Breitbart reports.
The dog, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, reportedly bit a Secret Service agent last month, in was was apparently the 11th such incident to occur.
Announcing the decision to move Commander from the premises – at least for the time being – was Elizabeth Alexander, communications director for first lady Jill Biden, who said, “The president and first lady care deeply about the safety of those who work at the White House and those who protect them every day,” Alexander began.
She continued, “They remain grateful for the patience and support of the U.S. Secret Service and all involved, as they continue to work through solutions.”
“Commander is not presently on the White House campus while next steps are evaluated,” the statement went on.
Breitbart noted that there had been 11 documented incidents in which Commander bit staffers, CNN suggested that the “real number is higher and includes executive residence staff and other White House workers” in addition to Secret Service personnel.
The New York Post noted that in a particularly serious incident last year, a uniformed officer had been forced to go the hospital due to wounds to the arm and thigh inflicted by Commander.
According to the outlet, a onetime Biden aide suggested that the aggressive canine behavior was attributable to “enormous men with guns acting suspiciously hostile.”
Watchdog organization Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking records related to all dog bites linked to the Biden family pets, with its president, Tom Fitton, saying, “It is beyond belief that, even after Judicial Watch exposed their attacking 10 Secret Service personnel, Joe and Jill Biden have continued to let their dog menace and attack Secret Service and White House staff. Let's be blunt: the dangerous dog could kill someone.”
“The ongoing Biden administration cover-up of the Biden dog attacks on Secret Service agents is dangerous corruption" Fitton went on.
Notably, the trouble with Commander is not the first dog-related controversy to unfold during Joe Biden's tenure at the White House, as another German Shepherd of his, Major, also displayed aggressive behavior that resulted in his removal from the premises.
As People reported in late 2021, Major was ultimately sent to live with family friends on a long-term basis, after issues with his temperament were not resolved.
Major was initially sent for further training in the wake of multiple biting incidents, and it was later determined that new surroundings were necessary for the dog.
“After consulting with dog trainers, animal behaviorists, and veterinarians, the First Family has decided to follow the experts' collective recommendation that it would be safest for Major to live in a quieter environment with family friends,” a spokesperson said at the time, and whether that sort of permanent change is on the cards for Commander, only time will tell.
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