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Biden’s dogs return to White House

President Biden’s German shepherds Major and Champ have officially returned to the White House following an alleged biting incident in which a White House staff member sustained minor injuries.

First lady Jill Biden’s press secretary confirmed to CNN that both dogs have returned from their short stay at the Bidens’ Delaware residence.

Major, the Bidens’ 3-year-old rescue, also received training while in Delaware, the outlet noted.

Press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the canines’ return at Wednesday’s press briefing, saying Champ and Major may come and go from the White House and were with the first family at Camp David over the weekend.

Psaki said earlier this month that the dogs were slowly adjusting to their new surroundings at the White House when the incident occurred.

“The first family’s younger dog, Major, was surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual, which was handled by the White House Medical Unit with no further treatment needed,” she said at the time, adding that the dogs would return to the White House soon.

Biden also defended Major’s actions earlier this month, saying in an interview that the dog, believed to be the first shelter rescue to live at the White House, did not “bite someone and penetrate the skin.” 

“I didn’t banish him to home. Jill was going to be away for four days. I was going to be away for two, so we took him home,” Biden said.

Major and Champ are the first dogs to live in the White House since former President Obama’s dogs Bo and Sunny.

—Morgan Chalfant contributed. Updated at 1:37 p.m.

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