The Real Reason Trump Has No Pets In The White House

president's pet can be a furry window into the POTUS's soul. For instance, History writes that in 1961, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gave JFK a dog named Pushinka, whose mother had been launched into space, and Kennedy would be defined by the Cold War and later launch the effort to send a man to the moon. Richard "Tricky Dick" Nixon's most famous dog was a cocker spaniel, which by itself sounds like hilarious word play, but it gets better. Tricky Dick's cocker spaniel was named Checkers, which is perfect for a political figure with a checkered record, and he purchased it during an instance of alleged political corruption that nearly sank Nixon's political career. 

Bill Clinton had Socks the cat and suffered from cat scratch fever. Obama had Portuguese water dogs that no doubt reflected his wishy-washy nature. And didn't Clinton also own a wiener dog ... or maybe even a horn dog? 

Donald Trump has no pets, so what does that say about him? Does it say he has no soul? No, that's silly. Would a soulless person try to prevent migrant children in government custody from having toothbrushes, soap, and sleeping mats or deport 470 parents while continuing to detain their kids? The verdict's out on that one. Let's see what Trump has to say about his alarming lack of pets.

Donald Trump's only pet is a peeve

During a rally in El Paso Texas, Donald Trump addressed the pressing matter of why he's the first president in 120 years not to own a dog. "You do love your dogs, don't you? I wouldn't mind having one, honestly, but I don't have any time. How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?" He thought he would look "phony." Notably, Trump has been described as the "anti-Obama" due to his seeming propensity to try to undo everything Obama did. Trump even brought up Obama's dog ownership during the rally, so not having a dog fits. Plus, Yrump's first wife, Ivana, wrote in a memoir that Trump "wasn't a dog fan." So you could say canines count as his pet peeve.