Adorable Pet Won’t Be Forced to Live With the Trumps Anytime Soon

President Obama plays with Bo on the White House lawn.

Jennifer Pickens, author of Pets at the White House, confirmed to the Associated Press on Monday that President Trump is breaking with yet another White House tradition: having a pet. Though she says that “all didn’t necessarily have them at the beginning of the administration,” a statement from Melania Trump’s spokesperson made it sound as though getting a pet was low on the priority list for the Trumps.

“The First Family is still getting settled so there are no plans [for a pet] at this time,” the First Lady said via Stephanie Grisham, her press secretary.

Pets have historically been used to soften a First Family’s image — Barbara Bush used the family’s dog, Millie, as a “tool to reach out,” Pickens said, and as First Lady, Hillary Clinton published a book of children’s letters to the family dog, Buddy, and cat, Socks. Pets are “effective tools to connect with the American people and I think pets help humanize the presidency,” Pickens added.

But for the president who’s so afraid of germs that he once called shaking hands “barbaric,” a dog or cat seems like a reach. Luckily Vice-President Pence is picking up the slack — the guy has two cats, a dog, and a pet rabbit with its own Instagram account. We’re taking bets on how many failed bills it takes for him to adopt a porcupine.

Adorable Pet Won’t Be Forced to Live With the Trumps