U.S. President Donald Trump hosted an impromptu ceremony Monday to honor Conan, the military dog who was injured during the raid that resulted in the death of Daesh/ISIS's former chief. Also present were First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
"We were going to put a muzzle on the dog".
Then, he joked that a journalist nearby was lucky for calm: "You're lucky he's not in a bad mood today, Jeff".
After being asked if Conan would now retire, Trump said no, saying this is the "prime-time" of the K-9's military career.
"U.S. Special Operations Command military working dogs are critical members of our forces".
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"It was a flawless attack, al-Baghdadi's gone, and we gave Conan a medal and a plaque". To the president, Conan is the "ultimate fighter" and the "ultimate everything".
Conan, a Belgian Malinois assigned to 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, made his first public appearance during the meeting.
While Conan is due to continue his service to the country, that won't be done at the White House as First Lady Melania Trump shrugged off the idea of adopting him for their son, Barron.
"Conan is a tough cookie, and nobody's going to mess with Conan", the president told reporters gathered in the Rose Garden.
Trump repeatedly pointed out how risky Conan could be during an attack - a very strong man without a gun wouldn't have a chance, Trump said.
Al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest in a tunnel as he was chased by U.S. military dogs in a raid in October. Vice President Mike Pence scratched Conan on the head as Trump spoke.
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