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The Trumps have no plans to add a first pet to the White House


President Trump and his family do not plan on adding a first pet to the White House, according to a spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump.

“The first family is still getting settled so there are no plans at this time,” Stephanie Grisham said in a statement Monday, according to The Associated Press.

The Trumps refraining from having a first pet would break a longstanding tradition of presidential pet ownership.

“In the modern-day presidency, almost all of them have had a pet,” said Jennifer Pickens, a White House social expert who wrote “Pets at the White House.”

“All [the past presidents] didn’t necessarily have them at the beginning of the administration,” she added.

Some Twitter users on Monday poked fun at the Trumps for not adding a pet animal to the White House.

Other people on the social media platform suggested potential creatures the Trumps could adopt.

Former President Barack Obama and his family in 2009 welcomed a male Portuguese Water Dog named Bo into the White House.

The Obamas later added a second Portuguese Water Dog named Sunny at their residence in 2013, giving Bo a female companion there.

Former President Bill Clinton, meanwhile, had a male chocolate-colored Labrador Retriever named Buddy and a cat named Socks during his tenure in the Oval Office.

Hillary Clinton, who is Bill Clinton’s wife and the former first lady, lost the presidency to Trump after earning the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Vice President Mike Pence’s family has an extensive collection of pets, including a bunny named Marlon Bundo and a puppy named Harley.

The Pence's also have two cats named Hazel and Pickles, while a third, Oreo, died earlier this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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