Trump not interested in White House dog

Donald Trump won't be getting a pet dog anytime soon.
Donald Trump won't be getting a pet dog anytime soon.

US President Donald Trump's rally in El Paso, Texas to push for his border wall took a strange twist on Monday when he began a tangent on dogs.

Trump says he's impressed by German shepherds and their ability to sniff out illicit drugs, but doesn't see himself getting a dog while in the White House.

Trump says he wouldn't mind having a dog, but doesn't have the time.

He asked the crowd, "How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?" The crowd laughed loudly in response.

He then shook off the thought, saying, "It feels a little phoney to me."

He noted that some people have told him it would be good politically to have a dog. He ended up not buying that one though, saying, "That's not the relationship I have with my people."

President Trump also boasted about the size of the crowd attending his rally in El Paso versus that for Democrat Beto O'Rourke, held nearby.

Thousands attended O'Rourke's event, but Trump estimated the crowd at 200 or 300 people. He claimed: "That may be the end of his presidential bid."

Australian Associated Press