Boy Scouts of America apologizes for Trump’s ‘political rhetoric’

NEW YORK, July 27 (Reuters) – The head of the Boy Scouts of America apologized to members of the youth organization on Thursday for the “political rhetoric that was inserted” into its national gathering this week by U.S. President Donald Trump.

“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 an open letter published on the Scouts’ website. “That was never our intent.”

 

He said that every U.S. president, who serves as the Scouts’ honorary president, has been invited to speak at the national jamborees held every four years since 1937, but that the Scouts were nonetheless “steadfastly” non-partisan.

“We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program,” Surbaugh wrote.

He said there were 40,000 participants, including Boy Scouts, volunteers, staff and visitors.

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.”

He attacked Democratic rivals, lambasted the current healthcare law and reminisced about a cocktail party he went to decades ago filled with “the hottest people in New York.

Trump’s speech drew intense criticism from former Scouts, parents of Scouts and others, with many saying the speech was not in keeping with Scout values and inappropriate.

While many Scouting families expressed outrage, a few said the reaction was overblown, arguing that exposure to political speech in all forms was an important part of a Scout’s development.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Toni Reinhold)

WHM: Apparently Trump wanted to relate to the young Scouts more and he talked that he was young once and he knows what they are thinking about and it is not politics and it is girls.  Trump also talked about having an older friend with a yacht (Epstein the convicted underage girl rapist in New York State) and meeting a lot of young girls on the yacht.  “Lots of action.”  According the federal law the contents of this “Presidential” speech must be maintained permanently at the National Archives.  Please as a nation do we have to?

 

 

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