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Boy Scouts: Top Leaders Didn't Call Trump to Praise Speech

Boy Scouts: Top Leaders Didn't Call Trump to Praise Speech

In a Wall Street Journal interview published today, President Trump said the Boy Scouts' top leaders called him to praise the controversial, politically aggressive speech he gave at its national jamboree.

When asked by Time Magazine about the message to Mr Trump, the organisation said it was not aware of any call from the national leadership team.

The Boy Scouts of America's chief executive apologized for the political speech President Trump gave at the Boy Scout Jamboree.

The head of the Boy Scouts said that the call never happened, so unless it was Jared Kushner on the other end of the line pretending to be the leader of the Boy Scouts, Donald Trump is making it up.

"We are unaware of any such call", the Boy Scouts responded in a statement.

Surbaugh had actually issued an apology for Trump's speech - which the president used to attack Democrats, healthcare and "fake media" - on 27 July.

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

But on Wednesday Peña Nieto and the Boy Scouts said they had not made those calls to the president. In response to the ensuing controversy, the head of the Boy Scouts issued a public apology for Trump's inappropriate behavior, adding, "We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program". "I'm a guy that will tell you mixed", Trump responded. A number of former Scouts criticized the nakedly partisan speech, and CNN contributor and retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling said the President "did not provide the proper example" to the crowd of young men.

"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".

Surbaugh touted the success this year's Jamboree, while also acknowledging that members were offended. Any type of political chanting was specifically discouraged.

On Monday, Trump claimed that Mexico's president, Enrique Peña Nieto, had given him "the ultimate compliment" by phoning to say fewer people were crossing the US-Mexico border.


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