On Monday evening, Donald Trump gave a speech to the 19th National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. Although he came armed with a prepared speech about the merits of scouting – each US president serves as the group’s honorary president – and declared at the start that he would not talk about politics, Trump went predictably off-script to talk about some favorite topics. And politics.
Parents have expressed anger after President Donald Trump delivered a highly politicized speech to tens of thousands of boy scouts.
Mr Trump started by saying: “Who the hell wants to speak about politics?”
But his speech to the Jamboree in West Virginia railed against Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the “cesspool” of politics, drawing whoops and cheers.
But in a rambling 35-minute speech, Mr Trump whipped up a response of boos, cheers, chants and jeers as he lambasted fake news, Hillary Clinton’s election campaign and President Obama’s failure to address a Jamboree in person.
Responding to the criticism of the speech, the Boy Scouts of America insisted it was “wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy”.
It said the invitation to Mr Trump was a “long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies”.
Trump’s speech felt more like a campaign rally as the President talked about putting America first and “killing Obamacare.”