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Trump is the first president in over 100 years to not have a pet dog in the White House, and Ivana Trump reveals why

Trump is the first president in over 100 years to not have a pet dog in the White House, and Ivana Trump reveals why

"The fact that Trump doesn’t have a dog, and is the first president without a best friend in the White House in over 100 years really says something about him."

There is no denying that Donald Trump as a president is absolutely nothing like any of his predecessors in the Oval office. The country has had a very eventful, albeit controversial, four years during his term in office for a whole variety of reasons. But there is also one thing that sets him apart from the other presidents of modern history: he has no pets.

Donald Trump is the first president in over a century who does not have a furry companion wagging the tail and running around the White House.

The Obama family dog "Bo" is shown the Oval Office of the White House on April 15, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Obamas had two dogs, Bo and Sunny. (Photo by Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images)

Having animals in the White House was so common in the past that some of the pets of the first family have even become beloved celebrities. Apart from ponies, sheep, horses, and bear cubs, it is believed that White House may even have had a pair of tiger cubs, a herd of elephants, and even an alligator after some of the presidents received these animals as gifts, according to CNN.

The Trump family broke this tradition of more than a hundred years of the First Family having pets in the White House.

Even Barbra Streisand once asked while speaking to Los Angeles Times, "How does the president not have a dog? He’s the first president in 120 years that doesn’t have a dog in the White House."

Trump's first wife, Ivana revealed his disdain for dogs in her book, 'Raising Trump'. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

And one particular group of pet lovers shared a video that highlighted this fact. After showing pictures of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama with their furry four-legged friends, the video shows Trump mocking the idea of having a pet. The clip ends with a shot of Joe Biden with Champ, one of his German shepherds before the words, "Choose your humans wisely" appears.

The co-founder of Dog Lovers for Joe, Rob Schwartz, spoke to HuffPost about the video and said, "We wrote the video to inspire people in Red states, Blue states and Swing states that Joe Biden is a good man. Usually, good people are good to their dogs. And dogs love them back."



 

"The fact that Trump doesn’t have a dog, and is the first president without a best friend in the White House in over 100 years really says something about him."

Schwartz was happy to see the video being widely shared online and added, "Dogs also bring out the best in humans. Trump has brought out the worst in humanity. This lack of dog is simply a microcosm of his selfish, insensitive and cynical world view. I’d really love it if some MAGA folks stopped for a second, looked at their pooches and were reminded of their own humanity and decency. And then saw that in Joe."



 

Previously, in February 2019, when Trump was at a rally in El Paso, Texas, Trump asked his crowd, as quoted by Independent, "You do love your dogs, don’t you?" The crowd cheered but the 45th President of the United States went on to say, "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?"

Suggesting that the only reason to have man's best friend become a part of his family was for good PR, Trump said that he was not interested.

Left - Obama greets his pet, Bo outside the Oval Office of the White House in March 2012 (photo by Martin H. Simon) / Right - Trump stands back while VP Mike Pence pets Conan, the US military K9 on the Rose Garden colonnade at the White House, in November 2019. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla)

Trump's first wife, Ivana Trump wrote about her ex-husband's disdain towards dogs in her memoir, Raising Trump, as reported by CNN. While they were together, Ivana and Trump had a row about her dog, Chappy and the current president had no interest in having the dog around.

"Donald was not a dog fan," Ivana wrote. "When I told him I was bringing Chappy with me to New York, he said, 'No.'"

But Ivana put her foot down. "It's me and Chappy or no one!' I insisted, and that was that," Ivana wrote. It turned out that Chappy "had an equal dislike of Donald."



 

Although Trump is known to pay quite a bit of attention to his image, he doesn't seem at all concerned by the fact that his is the only family to live in the White House without a dog since the 25th president, William McKinley. But even McKinley had roosters, parrots, and cats, according to Indepedent

Andrew Hager, historian in residence at the Presidential Pet Museum, said about presidents having a pet, "Getting down on the floor with a dog humanizes the politician... It's a window into the person's soul in a way you don't get at a press briefing or a campaign ad."

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