In a recent development from the White House, it has been reported by CNN that Commander, the younger dog belonging to President Joe Biden, was involved in yet another biting at the White House.
This incident marks the 11th known occurrence where the 2-year-old German Shepherd has bitten a US Secret Service agent, according to CNN.
“Yesterday around 8 p.m., a Secret Service Uniformed Division police officer came in contact with a First Family pet and was bitten. The officer was treated by medical personnel on complex,” USSS chief of communications Anthony Guglielmi told CNN in a statement.
The injured officer had a conversation with Secret Service Uniformed Division Chief Alfonso M. Dyson Sr. on Tuesday. According to Guglielmi, the officer is doing well.
According to CNN and US Secret Service email correspondence, Commander has been involved in at least eleven biting incidents at the White House and in Delaware, including an incident in November 2022 in which an officer was hospitalized after the dog bit their arms and thighs.
Following the incidents, White House officials reported in July that the Bidens were implementing new training and restraint protocols for the family pet.
Elizabeth Alexander, communications director for the first lady, issued a statement in response to CNN's inquiry as to whether the new training had taken place or if further action would be taken:
"The First Family continues to work on ways to help Commander handle the often unpredictable nature of the White House grounds.
“The President and First Lady are incredibly grateful to the Secret Service and Executive Residence staff for all they do to keep them, their family, and the country safe,” she continued.
Major, another of Biden's dogs, was implicated in incidents of biting at the White House. The German Shepherd subsequently moved out of the White House, and Commander arrived at the White House in 2021.
The July email correspondence, obtained by Judicial Watch through Freedom of Information Act requests, reflected ten incidents. In one October incident, Dr. Jill Biden "couldn't regain control" of her dog as it charged a member of the Secret Service.
“I believe it’s only a matter of time before an agent/officer is attacked or bit,” the staff member warned in an email. Although Secret Service agents are not liable for the care of the first family's pets, they may encounter them frequently.
“This isn’t a Secret Service thing. This is a this is a workplace safety issue,” CNN contributor and former USSS agent Jonathan Wackrow told CNN.
He added, "There’s uniqueness here where it’s the residence of the president of the United States, but it’s also the workplace for hundreds, thousands of people. And you can’t bring a hazard into the workplace. And that’s what is essentially happening with this dog. One time you can say it’s an accident, but now multiple incidents, it’s a serious issue."