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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre pointedly asked reporters if she should bring the president’s dog to the briefing room after being pressed on a series of biting incidents involving the animal.

She fielded a series of questions about the president’s German Shepherd, Commander, who she confirmed was no longer on the White House grounds after reports of Secret Service agents who have been injured and officials who feared contact with the animal. 

‘Do you want me to bring the dog into the briefing room? That would be fun,’ she quipped, after a reporter suggested bringing Commander in to answer questions following some of her own deflections. That came after Jean-Pierre hewed closely to an official statement, and failed to answer where the dog is currently living when asked directly.

‘Is that safe?’ one scribe shouted out when asked about sharing the room with the now-banished animal. 

‘Do you want me to bring the dog into the briefing room?’ joked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, after a reporter spoke of bringing the president’s German Shepherd Commander for questioning. The dog is no longer on White House grounds after a series of biting incidents

It came after DailyMail.com published exclusive photos showing the dog biting the superintendent of the White House grounds on September 13. The White House said in response that Commander ‘was being playful and there was no bite, no pressure of the teeth on his skin, no mark – just some dog slobber.’ 

Her tongue-in-cheek threat to sic Commander on the media came after Jean-Pierre said she herself was never concerned for her safety when she was around the animal, although she didn’t say to what extent she was aware of biting issues.

‘I’ve seen Commander many times. I was never worried. And I’ve never been bitten by Commander,’ she said. 

‘As it relates to me, I was never weary of Commander. I’ve seen him many, many times. And so I can only speak for myself though, and I can’t speak to any anything else outside of that,’ she added.

A photo obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com shows Commander biting yet another staffer at the White House last month 

On Monday White House staffers blamed Commander’s biting problems on the unfriendly expressions of Secret Service agents, claiming the First Dog  is usually pleasant

Dale Haney Haney is now the superintendent of the White House grounds after being hired as a gardener in 1972. He is seen walking Commander on the south grounds of the White House in August 2022 

Commander is no longer on campus after Biden’s older dog, Major was moved to a new home after biting incidents. He now lives in Delaware with family friends

A reporter said she herself would be nervous around a dog that had bitten 11 or 12 people, as Commander is alleged to have done by Secret Service agents as catalogued in emails.

‘I’m not sure what this has to do anything with me,’ said Jean-Pierre.

‘I was just not nervous. So that was not a concern for me,’ she said.

‘I can’t speak to anything else outside of what you have heard from the First Lady’s office, and so I’ll just leave it there,’ she said. 

Asked if any members of her staff had been bitten, she didn’t use specific language. ‘I don’t have numbers of you know, exact numbers of any incidents with Commander,’ she said.

Jean-Pierre faced dogged questioning on the fate of the president’s German Shepherd, Commander, in her first public briefing since it was revealed the animal was no longer on White House grounds.

She gave little ground – and refused to say where the animal was being housed, instead reading a prepared statement that didn’t not say when the animal was relocated or specifically what triggered it.

On Wednesday, two sources told CNN that there had been far more biting incidents than officially reported.

‘The President and First Lady care deeply about the safety of those who work at the White House and those who protect them every day,’ Elizabeth Alexander, communications director for the first lady, said in a statement that Jean-Pierre also quoted.

‘They remain grateful for the patience and support of the U.S. Secret Service and all involved, as they continue to work through solutions. 

‘Commander is not presently on the White House campus while next steps are evaluated.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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