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.”
Um pooler @hunterw says White House deputy press sec told reporters to "remain as calm as possible bc there is going to be an animal that comes out" for this impromptu Rose Garden event with Trump ????— Gabby Orr (@GabbyOrr_) November 25, 2019
Trump introduces Conan, who he says was given a medal and a plaque— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) November 25, 2019
“So brilliant, so smart” pic.twitter.com/RW2kbM4Trt
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.