President BidenJoe Biden 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll Philadelphia shooting leaves 2 dead, injures toddler Ron Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin MORE is defending his dog Major after the canine was reportedly temporarily booted from the White House following a biting incident, saying he's a "sweet" animal.

"Look, Major was a rescue pup," Biden told George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosFacebook VP says 2-year suspension of Trump from platform 'justified' Commerce secretary on cyberattacks against corporations: 'This is the reality' Collins 'optimistic' Jan. 6 commission can pass Senate with modifications MORE in an interview broadcast Wednesday on "Good Morning America."

The president and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenBidens announce death of their German shepherd, Champ Ex-Trump doctor turned GOP lawmaker wants Biden to take cognitive test Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE adopted the dog from a Delaware animal shelter in 2018. He's believed to be the first shelter rescue dog to live in the White House.


"Major did not bite someone and penetrate the skin," Biden said of the 3-year-old German shepherd. 

Last week, White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Joe Rogan slams CNN's Stelter: 'Your show is f---ing terrible' MORE said Major "reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury" to an individual after "being surprised by an unfamiliar person."

A source had told CNN the day before that Major was involved in a "biting incident" with a security team member.


Biden told Stephanopoulos that the new, unusual living environment in Washington could've played a part in the incident.

"I guess what surprised me is the White House itself, living there. Every door you turn to, there's a guy there in a black jacket," Biden said.

"You turn a corner, and there's two people you don't know at all," he added. "And he moves to protect."

The president said Major is currently being trained back at his Delaware home and pushed back on reports that the dog was cast out from the White House.

"I didn't banish him to home. Jill was gonna be away for four days. I was gonna be away for two, so we took him home," Biden said. The White House had said last week that Major would return to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. "soon."

"But he is a sweet dog," Biden said. "Eighty-five percent of the people there love him. All he does is lick them and wag his tail."