President's dogs have bitten over a dozen people since he took office

 January 1, 2024

Although the White House is considered to be among the world's most secure locations, one threat in particular has gotten significantly worse during Joe Biden's presidency.

According to Breitbart, the president's dogs have attacked over a dozen people since he first took office, with some victims needing medical attention. 

Secret Service agent was first victim

The first publicly acknowledged incident occurred in March of 2021 and involved Major, a German Shepherd that Biden adopted three years earlier.

Breitbart noted that the dog bit a Secret Service agent, who had to receive treatment from the White House Medical Unit (WHMU).

Despite him displaying "agitated behavior on multiple occasions, including jumping, barking, and 'charging' at staff and security, "then-White House press secretary Jen Psaki insisted that "Major Biden is a member of the family."

Later that month, Major bit a National Park Service employee on the White House South Lawn, who was also forced to seek medical treatment. First Lady Jill Biden's press secretary downplayed the incident, describing it as a "nip."

New dog also a frequent biter

While Major's behavior ultimately resulted in him being sent back to Delaware where he moved in with family friends, his replacement's record wasn't any better.

Named Commander, Breitbart pointed to a 2023 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the conservative group Judicial Watch which showed that he too was responsible for multiple bites.

Among them was an incident in November of 2022 which saw a Secret Service agent sustain bites to his "upper right arm and thigh," after which he was taken to hospital and placed on restricted duty for several days.

September of 2023 saw yet another attack on a Secret Service agent, something which was confirmed to CNN by United States Secret Service (USSS) chief of communications Anthony Guglielmi.

Former Secret Service agent says the dogs are dangerous

"Yesterday around 8:00 p.m., a Secret Service Uniformed Division police officer came in contact with a First Family pet and was bitten," Guglielmi was quoted as saying. He added that the agent was "treated by medical personnel on the complex."

Meanwhile, former Secret Service agent Jonathan Wackrow told the network that Biden had created a danger for those who protected him.

"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," Wackrow pointed out.

Breitbart revealed in October of 2023 that Commander was also being exiled from the White House as officials considered the "next steps" in dealing with him.

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