When he moved into the White House in 2016, Donald Trump became the first president not to have a pet dog in 130 years.
The Daily Mail reports that during his rally in El Paso, Texas on Monday night, Trump appeared to finally reveal why – while taking a swipe at Barack Obama.
‘I wouldn’t mind having one, honestly, but I don’t have any time,’ Trump told the crowd. ‘How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn? Would that be right? It doesn’t. It feels a little phony to me. A lot of people say, “Oh, you should get a dog.” Why? “It’s good politically,”‘ Trump continued. ‘I said, “Look, that’s not the relationship I have with my people.'”
A person in the crowd then pointed out that Obama had a dog while he was president. ‘Yeah! Obama had a dog. You are right,’ Trump remarked as he and the crowd laughed.
Obama famously promised his daughters that he would get them a dog if they moved to the White House in 2008.
‘Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House,’ he said during his victory speech.
The Obamas adopted Bo, a hypoallergenic Portuguese Water Dog, in 2009. They adopted a second dog, named Sunny, in August 2013. Sunny made headlines four years later when she bit an 18-year-old family friend, who posted pictures on social media.
Trump’s youngest son Barron, 12, lives at the White House, but it remains unknown if he has asked for a pet.
While Trump seems unlikely to welcome a dog to the Oval Office anytime soon, he made it clear which canine he prefers. During his rally, the president went on a long tangent about the incredible abilities of German Shepherds.
Trump said the Secret Service has taken him out to places where he could see the dogs in action.
‘There is nothing better than a good old-fashioned German Shepherd. It’s hard to believe. It’s true,’ the president said. ‘They are unbelievable. They’ll run past all these empty boxes, and one of the boxes has drugs in it, deep down in a box. And it comes to a screeching halt barking at it every time.’
Trump said he has asked how German Shepherds compare to expensive machines designed to detect drugs.
‘I asked the people that sell the machinery – and a lot of money – I say, “Let me ask you a question. This stuff is incredible. I’m really impressed. How does it compare to a German shepherd?'” Trump recalled. ‘The guy looks at me and goes, “Sir, honestly, it’s not as good.” Can you believe it? German Shepherds. Certain types of dogs.’
(Story source: Daily Mail)