WH spox KJP barks back at Kristi Noem over remarks about killing Biden’s dog

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, deep in a whole over the revelation that she once killed her dog, continues to dig.

In an interview with “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan, the Republican governor who is reportedly on Donald Trump’s shortlist to be his running mate appeared to suggest that President Joe Biden’s aggressive dog Commander should meet the same fate as her dog Cricket.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about Noem’s remark at Monday’s press briefing and the president’s diversity hire suggested that Noem “stop digging.”

“We find her comments from yesterday disturbing,” KJP said. “We find them absurd. And this is a country that loves dogs. And you have a leader talking about putting dogs down, killing them. And that’s a disturbing statement to say. I would say to her, she should probably stop digging herself in a hole.”

Brenna asked Noem about a passage from her new book, No Going Back, where she comments on Commander.

“At the end of the book, you say the very first thing you would do if you got to the White House that was different from Joe Biden is, you’d make sure Joe Biden’s dog was nowhere on the grounds. ‘Commander, say hello to Cricket.’ Are you doing this to try to look tough? Do you still think you have a shot at being V.P.?”

“Well, number one, Joe Biden’s dog has attacked 24 Secret Service people,” Noem replied. “So, how many people is enough people to be attacked and dangerously hurt before you make a decision on a dog and what to do about it?”

“But he’s not living at the White House,” the CBS News host noted — the German shepherd was removed from the White House last year after multiple reports of aggressive behavior toward Secret Service staff members.

“That’s a question that the president should be held accountable to,” the governor said, prompting Brennan to press, “You’re saying he should be shot?”

“That’s what the president should be held accountable to,” Noem answered.

After the interview aired, Noem took to X to share an interesting statistic from the sit-down:

In her book, Noem included an anecdote about taking her 14-month-old German wirehaired pointer to a gravel pit at her ranch and shooting it after it had killed a family’s chickens.

“It was not a pleasant job, but it had to be done,” she wrote.

The governor appeared on Fox News’ Hannity last week to further explain her actions, telling host Sean Hannity that this was a “working dog, not a puppy.”

“It was a dog that was extremely dangerous,” Noem said. “It had come to us from a family who had found her way too aggressive.”

“We were her second chance. And she was — the day she was put down was a day that she massacred livestock that were part of our neighbors,” she added. “She attacked me. And it was a hard decision.”

Noem said she had to make a choice between “keeping my small children and other people safe, or a dangerous animal, and I chose the safety of my children.”

Tom Tillison

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