“Is Major out of the dog house?” ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked in a one-on-one interview with the President that aired on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.
“The answer is yes,” Biden responded. “Major was a rescue pup. Major did not bite someone and penetrate the skin. The dog’s being trained now with our trainer at home in Delaware.”
Earlier this month, Major had what one source described to CNN as a “biting incident.” The person bitten by Major was a United States Secret Service agent, according to a Secret Service official.
During his ABC interview, Biden didn’t say whether Major would return to the White House.
But White House press secretary Jen Psaki said shortly after the incident that both of the Biden family’s dogs, Champ and Major, were being cared for by “family friends” in Delaware and that the dogs would return to the White House “soon.”
The President also asserted that Major wasn’t banished to Delaware in response to the incident, but that the move was previously planned to accommodate the first family’s upcoming schedule.
“He was going home. I didn’t banish him to home. Jill was going to be away for four days. I was going to be away for two, so we took him home,” Biden said.
Major, a German Shepherd adopted by the Bidens from a Delaware shelter in 2018, has been known to display agitated behavior on multiple occasions, including jumping, barking, and “charging” at staff and security, according to the people CNN spoke with about the dog’s demeanor at the White House. The older of Biden’s German Shepherds, Champ, is approximately 13 and has slowed down physically due to his advanced age.
Biden said 85% of people at the White House “love” Major.
“But he turned a corner, there’s two people he doesn’t know at all, you know, and they move and moves to protect. But he’s a sweet dog. Eighty-five percent of the people there love him. All he does is lick them and wag his tail,” the President said on ABC.
CNN’s Kate Bennett contributed to this report.