Trump rally comment on getting a dog came after Lara Trump pushed for him to adopt: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE's comment to rallygoers that it would feel “phony” for him to get a dog reportedly came after pressure from his daughter-in-law to adopt a furry companion.

ABC News reported Tuesday that Lara Trump, the wife of the president’s son Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpTrump family members will join state visit to UK New financial disclosure forms provide glimpses of Trump's wealth De Blasio blasts Trump as he launches 2020 bid: 'Every New Yorker knows he's a con artist' MORE and a Trump campaign adviser, has recently pushed her father-in-law to adopt a dog.

Lara Trump is known to be a fierce rescue animal advocate and, along with top Florida Republicans, played a role in pushing for a ban on ending greyhound racing in the state.


Speaking at a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, President Trump, while telling an anecdote about drug detection dogs, said it would feel “phony” to have a White House dog.

"I wouldn't mind having one, honestly, but I don't have the time," he said. "How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?"

"Feels a little phony, phony to me.”

He also noted that he has been told to get a dog because it would look “good politically.”

“I said, ‘Look, that’s not the relationship I have with my people,’ ” Trump said at the rally.

Trump is the first president in over a century to not have an official White House pet.