Boy Scouts Chief Apologies for Politicized Trump Speech


Trump, a Republican, started his speech before thousands of boys aged 12 to 18 in a West Virginia field on Monday evening lauding hard work and perseverance, then quickly turned to partisan attacks and ridicule of "fake media". Other U.S. presidents have delivered nonpolitical speeches at past jamborees. "We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program".

After dumping on the uncynical civic spirit of the Boy Scouts, Trump - who was never a Scout - began reciting the Boy Scout oath, but he stopped short at the word "loyalty", joking that he and America could use more of it.

Trump's speech, part of a long tradition to invite the sitting US president to speak at the national event, veered into political territory quickly.

"It is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies", Surbaugh said.

But, Surbaugh wrote, "We have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters". He said that overall the jamboree hasn't been "diminished in recent days", even though "the past few days have been overshadowed by the remarks offered by the President of the United States".

Mike Surbaugh is the National Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive based at the National Boy Scouts of America office in Irving, Texas.

During the speech, Trump noted, "And by the way, under the Trump administration, you'll be saying "Merry Christmas" again when you go shopping". "There were some areas where perhaps they were not in compliance with what we instructed", he said.

"I was at that event and I saw nothing but roughly 40-45,000 Boy Scouts cheering the President on throughout his remarks", she said.

A bus load of area scouts and volunteers returned to Camp Stambaugh Friday after their ten-day experience at the National Jamboree, which included an address by President Trump. In regard to the content of Trump's speech, Stephenson continued that the BSA won't edit or censor any president, regardless of who it might be. "That's beyond our pay grade, regardless of who it is".