Joe Biden's German Shepherds Sent Home to Delaware After 'Biting Incident' at White House (UPDATE)
UPDATED 3/9, 10:15 a.m. ET: First Lady Jill Biden’s spokesman Michael LaRosa clarified the situation, stating, “With the First Lady traveling for three days, Champ and Major went to Delaware to stay with family friends.” White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell added that NBC News was told of the German Shepherds, “Yes, they will be back.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki commented on the matter to MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, saying, “I don’t have any specifics, I don’t have any updates for you, Mika, on reports about an incident. But what I can tell you as a dog lover—I know you are—is that Major and Champ are part of the Bidens’ family. They’re members of the family. They often go to Delaware when the First Lady is traveling, and they’re adjusting to their new home. But I don’t have any more on those reports, I just know that they’re beloved members of the family, and of course of the White House family, too.”
Major, who was adopted from a Delaware animal shelter by the Bidens back in November of 2018, was involved in a “biting incident” with an unidentified person in White House security, according to sources CNN spoke with.
The two German Shepherds belonging to President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden were returned to the Biden family home in Delaware last week after aggressive behavior at the WH involving Major Biden, two sources with knowledge tell CNN’s @KateBennett_DC.
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) March 9, 2021
The victim’s condition has not been revealed.
The Bidens’ other German Shepherd, 13-year-old Champ, was also sent back to Delaware with Major despite having nothing to do with aforementioned aggressive behavior. The two dogs moved into the White House shortly after Biden’s inauguration.
Joe Biden will continue the tradition of many presidents before him when he brings his dogs, Champ and Major, into the White House. @KellyO introduces us to the incoming pups and then looks back at the history of our presidents’ most loyal companions. pic.twitter.com/b9AHAueIUm
— 3rd Hour of TODAY (@3rdHourTODAY) January 18, 2021
It’s reportedly not the first time that Major has rattled people in the White House. CNN has sources saying Major has previously jumped, barked, and charged at both members of White House staff and security.
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