Boy Scouts Aren’t Aware of Trump-Praising Call

Boy Scouts Aren’t Aware of Trump-Praising Call

The president said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that Boy Scout leaders praised his speech, but on Tuesday BSA officials stood firm that the speech was political and they again apologized.

US President Donald Trump waves after speaking to Boy Scouts during the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia, July 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump was met with chants and cheers from a group of Boy Scouts during the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia.

 President Donald Trump and the head of Boy Scouts of America have a different understanding of how last week’s speech at the National Jamboree in West Virginia went.

Trump told the Wall Street Journal on July 25 that the head of the Boy Scouts called him after he spoke at the event to tell him that it was “the greatest speech that was ever made to them.”

But, in an interview with TIME, the organization begged to differ. It said they were unaware of any call between Trump and officials after the Jamboree, and that the organization strives to be nonpolitical.

“The Chief Scout Executive’s message to the Scouting community speaks for itself,” the organization said, referring to a July 27 statement from Michael Surbaugh, the Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America.

“I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree,” Michael Surbaugh wrote in the statement. “For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters. We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.”

Trump went a step further in his recently released interview with Wall Street Journal to say that, despite Surbaugh’s apology for his political comments, the organization “loved” his remarks.

“That was a standing ovation from the time I walked out to the time I left, and for five minutes after I had already gone,” the president said.

In his speech, Trump criticized his one-time opponent Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama, boasted about his win and called out the national media for portraying him in an unflattering light.

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