Boy Scouts Chief Apologies for Politicized Trump Speech

Boy Scouts official apologizes for 'political rhetoric' of Trump speech

Boy Scouts official apologizes for 'political rhetoric' of Trump speech

"That was never our intent", Michael Surbaugh, the chief Scout executive for the group, wrote in a statement posted Thursday.

The Boy Scouts of America anticipated President Donald Trump would spark controversy with a politically tinged speech at its national jamboree in West Virginia but felt obliged to invite him out of respect for his office, its leader said Wednesday in his first public comments on the furor over Trump's remarks. This was not the place nor the audience for such a speech.

Trump spoke about a number of different topics, including his great victory on election night, his fight to repeal Obamacare, and the "fake news" media - all of which were cheered wildly by the audience.

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"Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I'm in front of the Boy Scouts", he said, continuing to speak about politics.

In the course of Trump's remarks, the president called on his secretary of health and human services to "start our path toward killing this frightful thing known as Obamacare that's really hurting us". The Scouts in attendance apparently ate it all up, though, responding with chants of "USA, USA" and deafening cheers to his calls for "loyalty" and slams on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, in a manner that in no way conjured up images of any other political leaders who might have tried to organize his country's young people (or "Youth") into an organized political bloc.

"These character-building experiences have not diminished in recent days at the jamboree - Scouts have continued to trade patches, climb rock walls, and share stories about the day's adventures". As The Washington Examiner reports, new White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders won't even say whether or not she believes Trump should apologize for his partisan, un-Boy Scout-like words. It is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies. "For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained nonpartisan and refused to comment on political matters".

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The apology comes after a statement issued Tuesday by the Boy Scouts of America, which many have criticized for not being a honest apology or a denouncement of the president's speech. She said from her firsthand view the Jamboree was "one of the most energetic crowds" she has seen for Trump.

"You can help make the president's visit a success by ensuring that any reactions to the president's address are, as we state in our Scout Law, friendly, courteous, and kind", the guidance said.

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