Two residents of President Joe Biden’s White House have been booted from the premises.
Biden’s two pet German shepherds, Champ and Major, have been sent back to the president’s Delaware home, the Washington Examiner reported.
While both dogs were sent away, it was 3-year-old Major’s behavior to blame for the dogs’ removal from the White House grounds.
Major has on various occasions showed signs of aggression, including barking, jumping, and charging, Yahoo reported. This time, it appears the target of his aggression was a member of the White House Secret Service.
On Monday, the German shepherd was reportedly involved in a “biting incident.” According to a White House source, Major bit a member of the White House’s security team, causing a “minor injury,” The Associated Press reported.
“On Monday, the first family’s younger dog Major was surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual, which was handled by the White House medical unit, with no further treatment needed,” explained White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
According to Psaki, the dogs “are still getting acclimated and accustomed to their new surroundings and new people.”
According to NBC News, the dogs’ time away from the White House grounds is only temporary.
A White House official told the network, “With the First Lady traveling for three days, Champ and Major went to Delaware to stay with family friends.”
A WH official tells NBC News, “Yes, they will be back” referring to the First Couple’s dogs Champ and Major on living at the White House.
“With the First Lady traveling for three days, Champ and Major went to Delaware to stay with family friends.”(📸WH) pic.twitter.com/eLLhR8ipEZ
— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) March 9, 2021
A little over a year ago, then-presidential candidate Biden criticized President Donald Trump for not having any pets in the White House, as he was the first president not to have a pet in more than a century. “It says a lot,” Biden tweeted. “It’s time we put a pet back in the White House.”
In November last year, the 78-year-old president reportedly fractured his right foot when he slipped playing with Major.