WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Donald J. Trump was the first President who did not bring a pet to the White House, but he was the first President to bring a rescue dog to the White House who served in the Armed Forces. Trump was joined by Vice-President Mike Pence and First Lady Melania Trump.
President Donald Trump met Conan, a military service dog injured in the U.S. raid that resulted in the death of former Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
After teasing for weeks that the Belgian Malinois would come to the White House, Trump introduced Conan to journalists during a surprise event in in the White House Rose Garden.
“So this is Conan. Right now probably the world’s most famous dog,” Trump told reporters. “I learned a lot about this particular type of dog. It’s trained that, if you open your mouth you will be attacked. You want to be very, very careful.”
Conan, a Belgian Malinois military service dog, was honored in the Rose Garden by President Trump, who called the canine “incredible” and “brilliant.” Vice President Pence and first lady Melania Trump also attended.
President Trump awarded the dog a medal and a plaque.