By Steve Neavling
President Biden’s dog, Commander, has been removed from the White House in the wake of a series of biting incidents.
Elizabeth Alexander, a spokesperson for First Lady Jill Biden, told CBS News in a statement that Commander “is not present on the White House campus while next steps are evaluated.”
It wasn’t clear where Commander was taken or whether he’d ever return to the White House.
“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,” Alexander said. “They remain grateful for the patience and support of the U.S. Secret Service and all involved, as they continue to work through solutions.”
Since January, the German shepherd has bitten Secret Service agents at least 11 times.
Commander arrived at the White House in 2021 and struggled to adapt to his new surroundings, according to emails obtained by Judicial Watch, a Washington-based conservative group.
Biden’s brother James gave Commander to Biden in December 2021 as a gift.
The president’s previous German shepherd, Major, was removed from the White House after similar biting incidents involving Secret Service agents and White House staff. Agents were reportedly furious about Major’s behavior and accused the White House of downplaying bite injuries.