President Trump is unlike his predecessors in a good many ways. This president seems to actually disdain presidential tradition. One way the president has broken with tradition is in his refusal to have a presidential pet. Trump follows a long line of presidential dog lovers. In fact, a first pup has humanized the White House for decades.
President Trump has not added a presidential pup to the White House family. It is not for lack of trying that the White House is currently dog-less. Lois Pope has known Trump for years, her husband founded the National Enquirer. She is an 83-year-old philanthropist who lives in Florida where she has been a member of Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort for 24 years.
Pope gave Trump and his son Barron a dog, at Mar-A-Lago, after much searching. The dog is a Goldendoodle named after the president’s favorite general, Patton. Pope explained, “I went through great trouble to find the perfect dog for Donald Trump,” she told Newsweek. “He would’ve been a perfect dog for any president.”
Despite her best efforts, it was not to be. President Trump reportedly told Pope he was just too busy for a dog. Pope was not disappointed, however, because she got to keep the “loveable giant pup” she had already fallen in love with.
While the president may not be fond of dogs, he is certainly fond of deriding people by calling them dogs. He has referred to foes as dogs countless times. Trump said Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) “Couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee.” The president recycled the insult, saying the same about former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu and former New York Governor George Pataki.
He has claimed numerous public figures have been “fired like a dog!” He said that former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper choked “like dogs” when testifying before the Senate. He claimed Marco Rubio was “sweating like a dog,” and called David Axelrod, a former Obama administration adviser, a dog.