New images have emerged that show Democrat President Joe Biden’s dog biting a White House staffer.
The photos come as the White House tries to blame Secret Service agents for the aggressive behavior of Biden’s German Shepherd, Commander.
On Monday, White House sources reportedly made the assertion that Commander targets members of the president’s security detail because of their “unfriendly expressions.”
Now a new photo has emerged showing the two-year-old German Shepherd biting another member of staff barely two weeks ago.
The staff member, Dale Haney, 71, is not part of Biden’s security team and was simply playing with the dog.
The images show the dog sinking his teeth into the arm of lanyard-wearing Haney, the superintendent of the White House grounds..
The moment was captured in the White House gardens on September 13 by a tourist.
The tourist was in the White House gift shop and unwittingly caught the bite on camera while taking pictures of the dog.
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Hane has worked at the White House for more than 50 years and often walks presidential pets on the grounds.
He started dog-walking with Richard Nixon’s Irish Setter King Timahoe.
The new photo has surfaced just days after reports that the presidential pet bit a Secret Service Agent last Monday in an incident that saw the agent seek medical attention.
At the time it was reported as the two-year-old German Shepherd’s 11th known biting incident.
The most serious of Commander’s attacks took place in November 2022 when an officer was hospitalized after Biden’s pet clamped down on their arms and thighs.
Emails obtained by the conservative group Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveal that the incident was one of ten to take place in a four-month period.
It happened just one month after staff warned of the danger of attack after First Lady Jill Biden “couldn’t regain control” of the animal as it charged a member of Secret Service staff.
‘I believe it’s only a matter of time before an agent/officer is attacked or bit,” the staff member warned in an email sent in October 2022.
White House officials said in July that the Bidens were working through new training and leashing protocols for the family pet following the incidents.
Speaking last week Elizabeth Alexander, communications director for the first lady, said in a statement: “The First Family continues to work on ways to help Commander handle the often-unpredictable nature of the White House grounds.”
However, the negative attention Commander has been receiving may be misplaced.
Studies have shown that it’s the owners who are to blame for aggressive behavior, and not the dogs themselves.