The US Secret Service has recently disclosed that Commander, President Joe Biden’s dog, has reportedly bitten a member of the Secret Service agency. As per information shared by Secret Service spokesperson Steven Kopek with CNN, the incident occurred at 8 p.m. on September 25 when a police officer from the Secret Service’s Uniformed Division had an encounter with the first family’s pet.
Kopek additionally mentioned that medical personnel at the complex attended to the officer’s injuries. He also noted that the officer had already reported the incident to Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle. Various news outlets have observed that this incident is not an isolated occurrence, as President Biden’s 2-year-old German Shepherd has previously been involved in biting incidents with other individuals.
According to a report by the New York Post, the canine in question has reportedly bitten seven individuals between September 2022 and January 2023. The media outlet highlighted that one of these cases involved a Secret Service agent who was bitten so severely that he required immediate hospitalization. This recent incident marks the 11th reported case involving the German Shepherd.
In the aftermath of the CNN report, numerous critics of President Biden have strongly criticized the presidential family for what they perceive as inadequate precautions to prevent such incidents. On his Twitter account, Tom Fitton, the President of Judicial Watch, asserted that President Biden and his family appear indifferent to the potential danger and threat posed by Commander to their visitors. Miranda Devine, a columnist at the New York Post, similarly argued that Secret Service agents should not be expected to endure attacks and bites from a disturbed dog as part of their professional responsibilities.
In an interview with the New York Times, Elizabeth Alexander, the communications director for First Lady Jill Biden, acknowledged that the White House can be a stressful environment for pets. She mentioned that the First Lady is actively working to assist their family dog in adapting to the unpredictable surroundings of the White House grounds.
Alexander also emphasized the gratitude of the President and his wife for the role played by the US Secret Service in ensuring the safety of both the nation and their family.