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Donald Trump is the first US president in the past century who doesn’t own a dog

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Many say a man’s soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog. Well, we agree, but what if you don’t have a dog at all?

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 03/06/2019, 17:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:46

Trump landed at Stansted just a few hours ago, and his arrival is not going un-noticed. Many meetings have been arranged between the British government and he, to discuss business between the two countries – especially important in the midst of the Brexit. On the other hand, large groups of protesters have amassed in London, denouncing Trump’s policies.

It’s good to have a friend in politics

But what we’re most interested in – as usual – is any four-legged friends in the story. But here’s the thing about Trump: he doesn’t have any! And that sure is a particularity, because he is the first American president who doesn’t own a dog since the 19th Century!

All recent presidents in the White House have acquired a dog at some point during their term. Bill Clinton, for instance, owned a chocolate Lab named Buddy. Barack Obama had two Portuguese water dogs named Bo and Sunny.


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The UK government has also gone to the dogs. Need we mention Queen Elizabeth’s love for her Corgis? Theresa May has also admitted in interviews that she is a dog-person and has always had dogs at home.


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No pups for this president

Yet, Trump doesn’t seem too eager about the idea of owning a pet. When asked about it, he simply answered: “I wouldn’t mind having one, honestly, but I don’t have any time.”

It’s a shame Trump doesn’t want a pup in his life. In Harry Truman’s wise words: “If you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog.”


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