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President Trump Apparently Doesn’t Think Much of Dogs


So, why doesn’t Donald Trump have a dog? I’m not the only one who’s wondered. “How does the president not have a dog?” Barbra Streisand said recently to the Los Angeles Times. “He’s the first president in 120 years that doesn’t have a dog in the White House.”

George Washington had many dogs in the White House, and outwardly expressed his love of dogs. And dogs in the White House has been a tradition ever since

The explanation from Trump came as he talked appropriately about how German Shepherd dogs are able to excel at sniffing out drugs being smuggled across the border. “You do love your dogs, don’t you?” Trump said, as the crowd whistled and cheered. “I wouldn’t mind having one, honestly, but I don’t have any time. How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?”

The supporters seated behind the riser apparently thought the President might be more appealing to a best friend with four legs. The President didn’t agree. “I don’t know….” he said. “Feels a little phony to me.” He added, “A lot of people had told me to get a dog because it would look good politically, that’s not the relationship I have with my people.”

Someone in the crowd shouted that President Barack Obama had a dog while in office. “Yeah, Obama had a dog, you’re right,” Trump responded, before going back to talking about border security.

Well, President Obama wasn’t alone. In fact, you have to go back to William McKinley to find a President who didn’t live with a dog, but he had Angora cats pet roosters and  a yellow-head Mexican parrot who could reportedly whistle “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”  As far as I can tell, John Quincy Adams was the only other President with zero pets of any kind (not counting a pet alligator he may have had, others consider that story apocryphal).

Joy Behar and the hosts of the View express their views of President Trump talking about not having a dog.

I don’t believe I am being political here, but just stating fact. 

President Harding and Laddie

President Woodrow Wilson once remarked on a dog’s ability to judge a person’s character.“If a dog will not come to you after he has looked you in the face, you ought to go home and examine your conscience.” Wilson adopted a Bull Terrier, named Bruce, toward the end of his second term.

President Trump must think poorly of dogs. For example, there’s this Tweet:

President Nixon and his dog Checkers, famously gave a (temporary) boost to his image

Incidentally, that tweet was nearly four years ago – and Todd is still employed as host of “Meet the Press.”

Last year, Trump remarked about Mitt Romney, “He had his chance to beat a failed President but he choked like a dog. Now he calls me racist – but I am least racist person there is.”

He also said Former chief White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon was “dumped like a dog by almost everyone.”

Who talks like that? Again, not meaning to be political.I would ask that same question of any Democrat or Republican, man or woman, Hispanic, African American or Asian,

In President Trump’s singular lexicon, there is no more vicious put-down than likening to a dog.

  • “Choked like a dog.”
  • “Fired like a dog.”
  • “Sweat like a dog.”

Omarosa Manigault Newman, his former reality television protege and White House staffer was canned after the release of her tell-all book.

Trump did pose with many of the Westminster Kennel Club do show winners before he became President, and appeared happy to do it as he poses here on the featured image with a Beagle named Uno.

Vice President and Mrs. Pence and their pet bunny Marlon Bundo

Ivana Trump, his first wife wrote “Donald was not a dog fan,” she wrote  in her 2017 memoir, “Raising Trump.” He did briefly live with her poodle, Chappy, after she told him, “It’s me and Chappy or no one,” she wrote. But forced cohabitation didn’t go too well: Whenever Trump got near her closet, Chappy would “bark at him territorially.”

In December 2017, President Donald Trump was reportedly “embarrassed” about Vice President Mike Pence deciding to bring his pets to Washington D. C., and deemed the Pence family to be “yokels” in his words because they “like animals.” The Pence family had two cats, a rabbit, and a snake, but after one of the cats died in June o 2017, they decided to adopt a puppy (named Harley) and a kitten (named Hazel).

I suggest dogs make all of us better humans, even Presidents. And many Presidents and their wives have indicated so over the decades.

As for calling others “a dog,” if someone calls me a dog, I take it as a compliment.

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