Trump to welcome military working dog Conan to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Every dog has his day, just not at the White House.

President Donald Trump tweets that the military working dog injured in the raid last weekend that killed the Islamic State leader will leave the Middle East for the White House sometime next week.

And the president appears to have declassified the dog's name: Conan. That had remained a military secret because of the classified nature of the mission in which Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died.

In announcing the impending visit, Trump again posted an altered image of him presenting a medal to the dog. The Daily Wire had created the image by taking an Associated Press photo of an actual medal presentation by Trump and replacing the human recipient with the canine hero.

"Thank you Daily Wire," Trump tweeted after midnight Wednesday. "Very cute recreation, but the 'live' version of Conan will be leaving the Middle East for the White House sometime next week!"

Conan was hurt after being exposed to live electrical cables but has returned to active duty, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

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U.S. Central Command Commander Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie speaks, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at a joint press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington on the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raid. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
OCTOBER 30 - UNSPECIFIED, SYRIA: In this handout image provided by the Department of Defense, the approximate location of the U.S. Special Operations forces raid on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s compound is seen on October 30, 2019. On October 26, 2019, U.S. Special Operations forces closed in on al-Baghdadi’s compound in Syria with a mission to kill or capture the terrorist. (Photo by Department of Defense via Getty Images)
Video of the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raid is displayed on a monitor as U.S. Central Command Commander Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie speaks at a joint press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
This image from video released by the Department of Defense on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, and displayed at a Pentagon briefing, shows an image before the raid of the compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Department of Defense via AP)
Video of the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raid is displayed as U.S. Central Command Commander Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie speaks, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at a joint press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
This image from video released by the Department of Defense on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, and displayed at a Pentagon briefing, shows fighters who demonstrated hostile intent to U.S. forces during the infiltration of the assault force in the raid on the compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Department of Defense via AP)
U.S. special forces move towards the compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a raid in the Idlib region of Syria in a still image from video October 26, 2019. Video picture taken October 26, 2019. U.S. Department of Defense/Handout via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
This image from video released by the Department of Defense on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, and displayed at a Pentagon briefing, shows an image from a remotely piloted aircraft shows the compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after the raid and moments before it was destroyed on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Department of Defense via AP)
Video of the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raid is displayed as U.S. Central Command Commander Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie speaks, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at a joint press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
This image from video released by the Department of Defense on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, and displayed at a Pentagon briefing, shows an image from a remotely piloted aircraft focused on the compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as it is destroyed after the raid on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Department of Defense via AP)
This image from video released by the Department of Defense on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, and displayed at a Pentagon briefing, shows an image from a remotely piloted aircraft focused on the compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as it is destroyed after the raid on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Department of Defense via AP)
OCTOBER 30 - UNSPECIFIED, SYRIA: In this handout image provided by the Department of Defense, a side-by-side comparison of the approximate location of the U.S. Special Operations forces raid on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s compound showing no collateral damage to adjacent structures is seen on October 30, 2019. On October 26, 2019, U.S. Special Operations forces closed in on al-Baghdadi’s compound in Syria with a mission to kill or capture the terrorist. (Photo by Department of Defense via Getty Images)
A working military dog is displayed on a monitor as U.S. Central Command Commander Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie speaks at a joint press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, on the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raid. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
The military working dog who sustained minor injuries during the raid on the compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi near Idlib, Syria October 26, 2019 is seen in an undated photo released October 30, 2019. U.S. Department of Defense/Handout via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
IDLIB, SYRIA - NOVEMBER 28: A drone photo shows an aerial view of operation area where Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in, on October 28, 2019 in northwestern Syria in Idlib, Syria . A U.S. raid that allegedly killed Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northwestern Syria lasted for some four hours, according to local sources. The operation, in which helicopters, drones, and ground units were used, took place a few kilometers away from the Tourlaha camp, where displaced civilians have taken shelter in the northern Idlib province, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to security concerns. (Photo by Ahmet Weys/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A picture taken on October 28, 2019 shows Syrians sifting through the rubble at the site of a suspected US-led operation against Islamic State (IS) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the previous day, on the edge of the small Syrian village of Barisha in the country's opposition-held northwestern Idlib province. - US President Donald Trump announced that Baghdadi, the elusive leader of the jihadist group and the world's most wanted man, was killed in the early hours of Octobe 27 in an overnight US raid near the village, located less than five kilometres from Turkey and controlled by the dominant jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an organisation that includes former operatives from Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate. (Photo by Omar HAJ KADOUR / AFP) (Photo by OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP via Getty Images)
A picture taken on October 28, 2019 shows Syrians sifting through the rubble at the site of a suspected US-led operation against Islamic State (IS) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the previous day, on the edge of the small Syrian village of Barisha in the country's opposition-held northwestern Idlib province. - US President Donald Trump announced that Baghdadi, the elusive leader of the jihadist group and the world's most wanted man, was killed in the early hours of Octobe 27 in an overnight US raid near the village, located less than five kilometres from Turkey and controlled by the dominant jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an organisation that includes former operatives from Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate. (Photo by Omar HAJ KADOUR / AFP) (Photo by OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP via Getty Images)
A picture taken on October 28, 2019 shows Syrians sifting through the rubble at the site of a suspected US-led operation against Islamic State (IS) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the previous day, on the edge of the small Syrian village of Barisha in the country's opposition-held northwestern Idlib province. - US President Donald Trump announced that Baghdadi, the elusive leader of the jihadist group and the world's most wanted man, was killed in the early hours of Octobe 27 in an overnight US raid near the village, located less than five kilometres from Turkey and controlled by the dominant jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an organisation that includes former operatives from Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate. (Photo by Omar HAJ KADOUR / AFP) (Photo by OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP via Getty Images)
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Gen. Frank McKenzie, who leads U.S. Central Command, told reporters the dog was injured when it came in contact with the cables as it pursued al-Baghdadi in a tunnel underneath a compound in northwestern Syria.

McKenzie said the dog has worked with special operations forces for four years and taken part in about 50 missions. He said such working dogs are "critical members of our forces."

When Trump first posted the altered image on Twitter of him presenting a medal to the dog, it came with an all-caps tweet of "AMERICAN HERO."

The image was derived from a photo taken at a 2017 East Room ceremony to present retired Army medic James McCloughan with the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of 10 men during the Vietnam War. The Medal of Honor is the most prestigious military decoration awarded to U.S. service members.

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