President Joe Biden seems to be downplaying a number of things that are important, and he is now even downplaying the severity of injuries due to his three-year-old German Shepherd. There are newly uncovered emails that seem to indicate that Biden has made false statements concerning exactly what Major, the first dog, did to some Secret Service agents.
The president, along with other members of the White House administration including White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, seems to have made false statements to reporters about the number of times Biden’s German Shepherd bit people. There have been injuries to agents in the Secret Service, as well as a visitor to the White House.
Critics of the president are saying that the discrepancies in the White House communication on this minor issue indicate that there is a systemic lack of honesty by officials in the administration, and this includes Biden himself.
There have been a number of media outlets that reported Biden’s dog engaging in aggressive behavior. It was reported that Major bit someone in early March. The day after what people assumed was a single incident, Psaki announced that the Biden’s were sending Major as well as their late 13-year-old dog, Champ, on a previously planned trip to one of their homes in Wilmington, DE. There the dogs would be cared for by family friends.
The president then shared apparent falsehoods about the extent of the dog bite on the March 16th episode of “Good Morning America,” which was hosted by George Stephanopoulos.
“Major did not bite someone and penetrate the skin,” said President Biden.
But there was an email from a Secret Service official that was dated March 5 which reveals that the bite “[d]id break the skin.”
And then three days later, Major bit a Secret Service agent whose name is redacted. “That bite caused bruising and puncture to the skin as seen in the picture dated 3.8.21,” said the email.
The same agent had been bitten one week earlier. The March 1 “bite caused some bruising.”
“At the current rate an Agent or Officer has been bitten every day this week (3/1-3/8) causing damage to attire or bruising/punctures to the skin,” the March 8 email concluded.
Another Secret Service agent avoided a serious bite from Major on March 6. The dog “didn’t make contact with agent’s skin, but did bite a hole through his overcoat,” said the email.
The emails also show that President Biden was not completely forthright as to why Major was removed from the White House. He told ABC that the removal had nothing to do with the allegedly lone biting incident.
“I didn’t banish him to home. Jill was going to be away for four days. I was going to be away for two, so we took him home,” Biden told George Stephanopoulos in March.
The emails also show the White House was very aware of media coverage, even for a story as seemingly insignificant as the first dog’s behavior.
“I just received a call from [redacted]. Apparently, CNN will be running a story on how a family pet bit two agents, and have now been sent to Delaware,” wrote the Director of the Office of Protective Operations on the evening of March 8. “Of course the situation is sensitive and unsure how the information originated.”
“This is ridiculous,” replied Kimberly Cheatle, assistant director of the Office of Protective Operations, concerning the CNN coverage.
After Major returned from training, the media widely reported that the dog had been involved in the “second biting incident of the month” on March 29. Personal injury attorney Davis Cooper told Fox News that the Biden’s should “keep that dog completely isolated or away from anyone because he’s a known danger. I believe it’s their duty to protect people from their dog.”
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement, “It is disturbing to see a White House cover-up of numerous injuries to Secret Service and White House personnel by the Bidens’ family pet.”
Steven Nelson, a reporter from the New York Post, challenged Psaki about the number of dog bite incidents. “At a March 9 briefing, you only described one biting incident to us, and described the dogs as being whisked back to Delaware on a preplanned trip to his family friends,” Nelson told Psaki.
“Obviously, that is not the world’s most important story,” Nelson said, “but it is significant because we expect honest information even for minor stories. So, can you explain to us why there was kind of a misleading account presented to us? And if we can’t get honest information about minor stories, why should we have faith in the administration’s account for larger issues like Afghanistan?”
Psaki responded, “I don’t have any additional specifics.” And then she confirmed Major “has been receiving additional training.”
Critics have drawn a parallel from the pattern of misinformation coming from the Biden administration on issues ranging from Major’s biting history to the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.