It's not the first time Major has gotten negative press since Biden's election, despite the much-heralded return of dogs to the White House after a drought of presidential canine companionship during the Trump administration.
"Yes, Major nipped someone on a walk". "Out of an abundance of caution, the individual was seen by [the White House Medical Unit] and then returned to work without injury".
In November, Biden slipped while playing with Major and injured his foot, necessitating the temporary use of a walking boot.
According to the network, a National Parks Service employee sought medical attention after the incident on the White House South lawn. This is the second such incident in the past few weeks, reinforcing calls for Biden's dog to be relocated. The Biden dogs were returned home to DE following the first incident, but President Biden said it was a planned trip and that the dogs had not been banished. Yet, First Lady Jill Biden's spokesman Michael LaRosa clarified the pets' departure.
Major and Champ, who is 12, were immediately moved to the Bidens' Delaware home after the incident with the president saying the pup was undergoing training. The incident caused a "minor injury", a White House spokesperson had said.
Anonymous sources told CNN at the time that Major had been jumping, barking and charging at White House staff and security. His other dog, Champ, is an old Washington hand, having joined the family in 2008, when Biden was elected vice president.
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'The dogs will come and go and it will not be uncommon for them to head back to DE on occasion as the president and first lady often do as well, ' said White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
The President said Major was being trained in DE but disputed the idea that the pup had been sent away after the incident.
Currently, both Major and Champ have been moved to the Biden's home in DE as the first couple is away for a few days.
"And he moves to protect", the president said of Major.
He went on to say: "Eighty-five per cent of the people [at the White House] love him".