He’s the first president in over 100 years not to have a pet dog in the White House, but it’s something President Trump just doesn’t feel he has time for.
Beautiful evening in El Paso, Texas last night. God Bless the USA! pic.twitter.com/trqA75KxLN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2019
Speaking at a rally in El Paso, Texas, the president clarified why there’s currently no pet pooch in the White House and why there probably won’t be for the rest of his presidency.
“I wouldn’t mind having one honestly, but I don’t have any time,” Trump told the crowd, indicating the possibility of having a pet dog once he leaves office. “How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn? It’s sort of not, I don’t feel it. It feels a little phony phony to me.”
The president also revealed he is always being encouraged to get a dog because it looks good politically but Trump said of that advice, “look, that’s not the relationship I have with my people.”
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence has a veritable menagerie of pets. According to TIME, the Pence family has a cat named Hazel, a rabbit named Marlon Bundo, and an Australian Shepherd named Harley.