There is so much written about the 'first pets' and the different animals that lived at the White House. At the moment, there isn't even a dog living with the first family! However, now there is at least an animal that's named a 'first pet' by the White House!
NBC News reported that a horse was gifted by Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga. President Donald Trump said the horse gifted to the president's 13-year-old son, Barron, would be named "Victory."
"Thank you very much for the horse," Trump said to Battulga, as the two leaders walked from the White House residence to the Oval Office for a meeting on Wednesday.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted a picture of the horse shortly after the meeting, confirming that Victory would remain in Mongolia.
I can see where transportation may be an issue given the horse lives in Mongolia.
The First Family is very grateful to Mongolia for this time-honored traditional gift. The horse has been named “Victory” and will remain in Mongolia. pic.twitter.com/aFqtJzc1Il
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) July 31, 2019
A fun fact from the NBC News report I thought was great to share,
"Victory isn't the first pony presented to a presidential child. Macaroni, a gift from Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson to 5-year-old Caroline Kennedy, would frequently visit the White House grounds during her father's presidency, but was boarded at the Kennedys' nearby estate in Virginia."
President Trump is the first U.S. president in more than 150 years to have no pet. Hopefully, Barron will have a chance to visit his horse at least a few times!
I'm sure Barron Trump will make the case for why this is important as it's a traditional gift from this country. This was a gift horse so the least they can do is head over there even if it's part of a trip to somewhere else in the world. Melania and son Barron will need to make this a priority!
Do you think the White House should get a pet that lives with the first family? Please leave a comment below.