President Biden’s beloved German Shepherd Commander has bitten and threatened multiple staff and sent at least one Secret Service agent to hospital, according to damning new emails.
The White House is now giving Biden’s younger dog extra training after being involved in 10 White House and Delaware attacks going back to last year.
Emails obtained by Judicial Watch show Secret Service agents discussing the incidents – including Commander biting seven people in the last four months.
One agent was sent to a local hospital after the 22-month-old Commander bit them on the arm and leg, and one was attacked when Biden let him off his leash.
The agent also had to use a steel shield to fend him off from another attack.
Officers called the dog ‘freaking crazy’, argued he would have been ‘put down’ if he didn’t belong to the Bidens and said he needed a muzzle.
On November 10, 2022, Jill Biden ‘couldn’t regain control’ of Commander as the dog charged another member of the Secret Service.
President Biden’s German Shepherd Commander has bitten multiple staff and sent at least one Secret Service agent to hospital, according to damning new emails
The same month, the German Shepherd clamped down on an agent’s arm, resulting in him needing to seek medical treatment.
Other scary incidents detailed in the emails were when Commander was off of his leash roaming the White House grounds.
It’s not the first time a White House pet has sparked safety concerns.
Major, who also bit staff and Secret Service agents, was moved out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2021 and re-homed with ‘family friends’.
According to an email sent on November 3, 2022, a Secret Service agent wrote to colleagues: ‘Commander bite [sic] UD [Uniform Division] officer [redacted] at post [redacted] two times, one time in the upper right arm and a second bite on the officer’s thigh. WH [White House] medical treated the officer and made the decision to have [redacted] transported to [redacted] Hospital’.
Later that day, a Uniform Division captain said Commander was up to date on all its vaccines.
The next day another email elaborated on what happened: ‘Officer [redacted] advised that ‘Commander’ came down the stairs and walked toward [redacted].
‘Officer [redacted] advised [redacted] was sitting with [redacted] arms crossed and Commander bite [sic] [redacted] arm (tricep area) then when [redacted] stood up Commander bite [sic] in the leg (quad area).
‘Officer [redacted] stated that the usher did not control the dog and was telling Officer [redacted] to not back up.
‘Officer [redacted] advised that Commander came after [redacted] again and [redacted] had to use a steel cart to sheild [sic] [redacted] self from another attack. Officer [redacted] advised [redacted] was in a considerable amount of pain.’
The agent was then put on restricted duty for three days on advice from doctors.
The White House is now giving Biden’s younger dog extra training after being involved in 10 White House and Delaware attacks in recent months
A Uniformed Division officer then emailed the attack victim on November 5, 2022, to ask how he was doing and called Commander ‘stupid’.
‘Doing alright [redacted]? That’s freaking crazy that stupid dog – rolling my eyes [redacted].’
The victim replies: ‘My leg and arm still hurts. He bit me twice and ran at me twice.’
In October 2022, a Uniformed Division officer wrote to colleagues: ‘Commander has been exhibiting extremely aggressive behavior.
‘Today, while posted, he came charging at me. The First Lady couldn’t regain control of commander [sic] and he continued to circle me. I believe it’s only a matter of time before an agent/officer is attacked or bit.’
He would have bit me today if I didn’t step towards him a couple different times. It was bad enough that the agent on the detail asked if I got bit – just so you’re aware.
The colleague says: ‘What a joke [redacted] – if it wasn’t their dog he would already have been put down – freaking clown needs a muzzle – hope you get to feeling better [redacted].’
Then on December 11, 2022, a Secret Service Special Agent in the Presidential Protective Division was attacked after Biden apparently let the dog off the leash.
‘The injuries included a bite to the left forearm resulting in bruising and approximately a 1 ½ cm cut and a bite to the right hand on the thumb resulting a 1 cm cut. I received treatment from White House Medical from LTC [redacted]. The injuries were [redacted] and I returned to work the rest of my shift.’
Anthony Guglielmi, Secret Service chief of communications, told DailyMail.com: ‘For the past several Presidential administrations, the Secret Services has navigated how to best operate around family pets and these incidents are no exception.
‘We take the safety and wellbeing of our employees extremely seriously. Agency employees are encouraged to report any job-related injuries to their immediate supervisors for appropriate documentation. As such, we are aware of past incidents involving first-family pets. These instances were treated similarly to comparable workplace injuries, including relevant notifications and reporting procedures followed.’
‘While special agents and officers neither care for nor handle the first family’s pets, we continuously work with all applicable entities to minimize adverse impacts in an environment that includes pets.’
Elizabeth Alexander, communications director for the first lady, told CNN: ‘The White House complex is a unique and often stressful environment for family pets, and the First Family is working through ways to make this situation better for everyone.
‘They have been partnering with the Secret Service and Executive Residence staff on additional leashing protocols and training, as well as establishing designated areas for Commander to run and exercise,’ she added.
‘According to the Secret Service, each incident referenced was treated similarly to comparable workplace injuries, with relevant notifications and reporting procedures followed.
‘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.’