But probably not the Secret Service agent Major attacked. President Joe Biden came to his canine’s defense after the dog attacked a White House staffer.
Last week, Biden’s rescue dog, Major, a three-year-old German Shepard, was banished from the White House after a “biting incident” was “serious enough” to relocate him and fourteen-year-old Champ back to the Biden residence in Delaware.
“Champ and Major are still getting acclimated and accustomed to their surroundings and new people. And 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,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki commented.
She also clarified that the dog wouldn’t be put down for the occurrence. ‘Well certainly Major Biden is a member of the family, so I can assure you that.’”
In a Wednesday interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Biden stuck up for toothy pup when George Stephanopoulos asked if he was “out of the doghouse.”
Biden laughed that he was, “Major did not bite someone and penetrate the skin,” noting that, “The dog’s being trained now.”
“He was going home,” Biden clarified. “I didn’t banish him to home. Jill was going to be away for four days. I was going to be away for two, so we took him home.”
“You turn a corner, and there’s two people you don’t know at all,” Biden said of the incident. “And…he moves to protect. But he’s a sweet dog. Eighty-five percent of the people there love him. He just — all he does is lick them and wag his tail.”
The President told Stephanopoulos he would see Major that night.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 17, 2021