The Boy Scouts of America have officially distanced themselves from the politically partisan speech that President Donald Trump gave at their Jamboree event.
President Trump went political in his speech before the National Scout Jamboree on Monday, taking jabs at former President Barack Obama, the media, and vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
In a statement released to multiple news groups Monday evening, the Boy Scouts stressed that they are a nonpartisan organization and thus do not condone the content of Trump’s speech.
“The Boy Scouts of America is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy,” stated the BSA.
“The invitation to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies.”
Trump addressed approximately 40,000 attendees of the Jamboree on Monday, being the eighth president to do so. The event is usually held every four years. According to the BSA, the sitting U.S. president always serves as the “honorary president” of the organization.
During his remarks, Trump spoke about “killing this horrible thing known as Obamacare” and denounced “fake media” and the “dishonest people” who said last year that “there is no path to victory for Donald Trump.”
Trump also took issue with his predecessor over not giving a speech in person at past Jamborees, asking the question “did President Obama ever come to a Jamboree?”
“The answer is no,” said Trump, adding that “we’ll be back.” According to The Hill, at one point the audience appeared to boo former President Obama.
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