Boy Scouts: Top leaders didn't call Trump to praise speech


The day after the West Virginia visit, Trump told WSJ Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker that there was no mixed reaction to his politically charged speech.

The president's speech to over 30,000 boy scouts touched on a number of political topics, including whether Barack Obama ever came to a jamboree.

The move comes after the president boasted in a recent interview to the Wall Street Journal that the "head" of the organization called him to say it was the "greatest speech that was ever made to them".

When contacted by the Daily News, a scouting spokesperson referred all questions to a prior statement from Boy Scouts boss Michael Surbaugh apologizing to those "offended by the political rhetoric that was interjected into the jamboree".

Scouts and their leaders listen to President Donald Trump at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree at the Summit in Glen Jean, W.Va., Monday, July 24, 2017.

On Wednesday, the Scouts responded, "We are unaware of any such call". I'm a guy that will tell you mixed. It specified that neither of the organization's two top leaders - President Randall Stephenson and Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh - had placed such a call.

Other U.S. presidents have delivered nonpolitical speeches at past jamborees. "That was never our intent".

"The invitation for the sitting USA president to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition that has been extended to the leader of our nation that has had a Jamboree during his term since 1937". It was full of partisan politics, non-truths, and at one point, Trump swore at the Scouts.

At the press briefing last Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she had not seen the letter yet.

"They loved it. [Laughter.] It wasn't - it was no mix", he said, according to the transcript released by Politico.