Trump honors Conan the hero dog in White House appearance

Trump honors Conan the hero dog in White House appearance

Trump honors Conan the hero dog in White House appearance

The president also asked the dog's handler about "what chance would a person have against Conan without the guns".

According to a White House official, Conan was not accompanied by his normal handler for this appearance since the handler participated in the Baghdadi raid and can not appear publicly.

"Conan is a tough cookie - nobody is going to mess with Conan", Trump said, adding that military working dogs typically remain on active duty for about six years, "like an athlete".

Trump didn't touch Conan in view of reporters.

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Trump said he awarded the dog a medal and a plaque.

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump, present Conan, the military working dog injured in the successful operation targeting Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, before the media in the Rose Garden at the White House, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 in Washington.

After the raiders chased al-Baghdadi into a tunnel and trapped him, he detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and two of his children.

He also noted that Conan and the special forces personnel from the raid all did a "fantastic job".

First Lady Melania Trump told reporters that she was not interested in adopting Conan as a pet for her son Baron, but the dog will hopefully find a good home in the future as at least some small recognition of its service to the country.

Conan was injured by the electric cables exposed in the detonation but seems to have made a full recovery.

"Trump tells you how incredible "this particular type of dog" is, repeatedly, but he clearly can't remember the name of the breed or other details".

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. U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, Jr. said a group of civilians left al-Baghdadi's compound when the U.S. forces approached. Join now and for as little as $6 a month you can both help ensure our ongoing investment in quality journalism, and enjoy special status and benefits as a Times of Israel Community member.

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