“The dog is incredible. Actually incredible. We spent some good time with it. So brilliant and so smart.”
President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and First Lady Melania Trump honored military dog Conan at the White House today.
She is no ordinary military dog. Conan is the dog who cornered ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi when he killed himself.
Conan’s surprise appearance came one day before Trump is set to participate in the annual pardoning of Thanksgiving turkeys. The president and first lady Melania Trump flanked the dog on either side as he spoke to the press, while Vice President Mike Pence hung back and pet Conan as the dog sat happily by the legs of her handler, smiling and unphased by the nearby swarm of press.
“The dog is incredible. Actually incredible,” Trump said. “We spent some good time with it. So brilliant and so smart.” Trump also noted that he’d met in the Oval Office with some of the two-legged participants in the Baghdadi raid, noting that “for obvious reasons, they can’t be out in front of the media.”
Pence also spoke briefly, calling Conan a true “hero.” He described welcoming the dog to the White House as a “real joy.”
“Conan was very badly hurt as you know, and they thought maybe he was not to recover. Recovered very quickly and has since gone on very important raids,” Trump interjected, calling the dog a “tough cookie” and asserting that “nobody is going to mess with him,” though a White House official confirmed afterward that Conan is female.
Trump took the opportunity to joke with the press:
“You’re lucky he’s not in a bad mood today, Jeff,” he quipped at one reporter. Trump also used the occasion to talk up his administration’s progress in defeating the Islamic State’s physical caliphate in Syria prior to his decision to withdraw troops just weeks before the Baghdadi raid, as well as the use of K-9s elsewhere in the federal government.
“They are very special dogs,” he said, calling Conan “prime time” and predicting she would not be retiring any time soon. “They are very hard to get, this particular dog is. This is the ultimate fighter, the ultimate everything.”
Look at the cuteness!
Pres Trump in the Rose Garden with Conan, the US Army dog who during the raid on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, chased him down a tunnel that led him to detonate his suicide bomb vest which killed him & three children. Pres has often referred to Conan as a hero. pic.twitter.com/m7ZLDUEoM6
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 25, 2019
You know how the left reacted? Like complete lunatics. They are sick.
This is terrifying. Trump and Melania exude coldness to Conan the hero dog. Melania, whose coat is slightly macabre (to me, but others may find it lovely), moves away from Conan multiple times. 1/3 https://t.co/s9T3Y4ZYTn
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) November 25, 2019
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