Trump welcomes dog who helped catch Islamic State leader to White House

US President Donald Trump Vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump present Conan the military working dog injured in the successful operation targeting ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at the White House on Nov 25 2019

Trump welcomes dog who helped catch Islamic State leader to White House

President Donald Trump dismissed Navy Secretary Richard Spencer but Conan, the military K-9 who cornered former Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, will stay on the job. "Very special." "Tough cookie".

Trump said the team didn't initially know if the dog would survive his injuries, but recovered quickly and has since gone out on more raids. "He's a very, very special dog".

Mr. Pence recounted Mr. Trump's decision to give the go-ahead for the raid, allowing the president to revel in a victory amid a high-profile impeachment inquiry.

Conan, who was injured during the raid, arrived from the Middle East and headed straight to Washington DC to meet with Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence.

"I got to see how fast Conan can move", Trump added.

"And you're very lucky that he's not in a bad mood today", Trump joked with the reporters.

A U.S. military dog that played a starring role in the raid that killed the Islamic State group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, seemed oblivious to the praise President Donald Trump heaped on him at the White House on Monday.

Trump also warned reporters that Conan was trained to attack if you opened your mouth and to be careful around him. He could have just said that the dog was being awarded, but he'd missed the ceremony, and that was that.

I just don't understand why the president would bother in the first place, especially when he had an easy out.

'Conan is really a hero, ' said Pence of the Belgian Malinois, a breed of animal also used by the Secret Service and general law enforcement for their keen sense of smell sniffing out explosives or drugs. "It's really, it's a real joy to be able to help walk him here to the White House".

Either way, Conan was honored at a Rose Garden ceremony for his role in taking down al-Baghdadi in an October raid on the terrorist's compound in Syria. "These animals protect US forces, save civilian lives, separate combatants from non-combatants, and immobilize individuals who express hostile intent", McKenzie said.

As the Trumps, Pence and Conan headed back into the Oval Office, the president mostly ignored shouted questions but turned back around and flashed a smile when one journalist asked the first lady whether she had any plans to adopt Conan for the couple's teenage son Barron.

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