President Donald Trump announced Thursday morning that the hero dog who chased Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Conan, will actually make an appearance at the White House — and not just as the subject of a meme.
The President thanked the Daily Wire for a photshopped meme of the K-9 soldier, featuring Trump awarding Conan a modified “Medal of Honor” with a paw print on it, which went viral on Wednesday, setting off a media firestorm.
Thank you Daily Wire. Very cute recreation, but the “live” version of Conan will be leaving the Middle East for the White House sometime next week! https://t.co/Z1UfhxsSpT— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2019
The dog was injured when running through the tunnel after al-Baghdadi when it encountered live electrical wires but recovered quickly and has returned to duty.
The President’s social media missive also marks the first time the dog’s name has been publicly acknowledged, though it has appeared in some unofficial and background remarks from Defense Department officials. “Conan” is named for Conan O’Brien, the late night talk show host.
No calender item has been confirmed, but Trump’s tweet notes that Conan will be “leaving the Middle East” sometime this week and will visit the White House when he returns to the states.