Military Dog Injured in Baghdadi Raid Receives Medal, Plaque From Trump

President Donald Trump honored Conan, the military dog that participated in the raid on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, at the White House, giving the dog a medal and a plaque.

Reporters on Monday afternoon were called to the Rose Garden for an unscheduled event with Trump and were told that there would be an animal present and urged to “remain as calm as possible.”

Trump emerged from the White House with Vice President Mike Pence, First Lady Melania Trump, and Conan after a meeting with some of the special operators who participated in the raid on Baghdadi.

Speaking to reporters, he joked about Conan, “It’s trained that if you open your mouth, you will be attacked. You want to be very, very careful.”

Watch the event below:

He said he gave Conan a medal and a plaque that will go up in the White House, adding, “I actually think Conan knew what was going on,” and continued to call Conan “very, very special.”

Praising Conan’s training, Trump said, “I got to see how fast Conan can move. I said, ‘What chance would a strong man have? A really strong, tough, fighter. What chance would this person have against Conan without the guns? What chance?’ And I guess the answer was pretty much none. He would have no chance.”

As IJR has previously reported, White House officials had been planning a visit for Conan since late October. Shortly after the event, Conan was trending on Twitter.

According to a White House pool report, the White House confirmed that Conan is a male.

Correction [11/26/19, 10:30 a.m. ET]: Previously, this story inaccurately labeled Conan a female. The dog is male, as the White House pool report has since corrected. We have corrected the error.

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Paul
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Even though Trump didn’t know what kind of dog this was, it was great that his handlers ( Trump’s, not the dog) let him make an appearance. Seriously, what a great canine patriot, and a beautiful companion!

LPaulB
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LPaulB

Dogs are so great, useful and reliable. Where would man be without them.

Ron Pauly
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The only loyal being Trump could count on.

Sherri
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Conan loves VP!

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