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February 13, 2019

Donald Trump: only 21st century US President who doesn't own a dog; but he has an explanation

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President Donald Trump is the only 21st century US President who doesn't own a dog and he recently gave an explanation for deviating from the norm, alluding to a number of reasons.

Tradition has it that almost every president who has resided in the White House has been known to own pets, at least a dog. This is so because owning a pet gives credence and improves the political outlook of the Commander-in-chief.

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However, President Trump has revealed that he has no intentions of getting one. He isn’t the first president to not own a pet though, as Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, also didn't own any. 

While at a rally in El Paso, Texas, the president expressed his opinion about owning a dog as “phony,” asserting that his supporters wouldn't waver on the grounds of him not possessing a dog. He also informed of his lack of time to care for a pet.

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He, however, showed his appreciation for canine animals, particularly the German Shepherd, making it known that its drug-detecting ability appeals to him.

“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?"

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Despite his passionate description of the German Shepherd, Mr. Trump has been known to use the word “dog" in a derogatory manner. He once mentioned that Stephen Bannon, his former White House chief strategist, was “dumped like a dog by almost everyone.”

In the same vein, 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was said to have “choked like a dog.” Commentators and journalists like David Gregory have been “fired like a dog.” The president even compared dogs to the late rapper Mac Miller, former Obama adviser David Axelrod, and his former aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman.

Regardless of these dog-induced insults, the president shows no aversion towards man’s best friend. He has a prominent admiration for the "Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show" as he would traditionally invite the dog show winners to meet with him at the Trump Tower in Manhattan.

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The president confessed that a lot of people have advised him to adopt a dog since it would make him look good politically, but he has repeatedly refused to consider it, saying,

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“That’s not the relationship I have with my people.”

“I don’t know, I don’t feel good [...] Feels a little phony to me.”

This is not the first instance of the president straying from the norm and it certainly won't be the last.

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