A US military dog injured in the raid where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi killed himself has been given a hero’s welcome at the White House.
Conan, a Belgian Malinois, appeared less Interested in Donald Trump’s praise and more keen on Mike Pence’s head scratches.
He even repeatedly looked up at the vice president for more attention.
During Conan’s visit to the White House, the president described the canine as an “ultimate fighter”, as well as ” incredible, brilliant, smart and very special “.
Conan was hurt when he was exposed to electrical wires in last month’s special forces operation whilechasing al Baghdadiat the terrorist’s compound in northwest Syria.
Introducing the dog, Mr Trump said: “So this is Conan… right now, probably the world’s most famous dog.”
He also called him a “tough cookie” and awarded him with a medal and a plaque.
First Lady Melania Trump stood a few feet away.
Mr Trump said Conan was initially going to be muzzled for the appearance, but added he thought that would put the dog in attack mode.
Speaking to dozens of reporters in the Rose Garden, he said: “He’s not in a bad mood today, so you’re safe.”
Mr Trump added he asked members of the US special forces if an unarmed man would stand a chance against Conan. The answer was apparently “no”.
“Conan is really a hero,” Mr Pence said while patting him on the head.
Shortly after al Baghadi’s death in October,Mr Trump shared a picture of Conanon Twitter.
The accompanying post read: “We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al Baghdadi!”.
Conan accompanied Delta Force soldiers into Syria’s Idlib province to hunt down the IS leader.
The dog chased al Baghdadi into a tunnel, where he then detonated a suicide vest killing himself and two of his children.