WATCH: Trump Makes Appearance before Thousands of Boy Scouts

 

President Trump made an appearance before thousands of Boy Scouts at the Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia yesterday, drawing condemnation from many for injecting politics into a nonpartisan event before children that's meant to celebrate their achievements and the Boy Scouts. Among Trump's targets during his comments were "fake news," the Washington "cesspool," Hillary Clinton's failure to win Midwestern swing states in the election, and his predecessor, Barack Obama, getting children to boo the former president when he asked if Obama had ever appeared at the Jamboree. Obama did address the event by video in 2010. Trump also talked about all the states he won on Election Day, and, playing off the Boy Scouts' loyalty pledge, said of Washington, "We could really use some more loyalty, I will tell you that." Trump stated that we need to kill Obamacare, drawing chants from some of the 12-to-18-year-old Scouts of "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!", and joked about firing Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price if he didn't get up votes to repeal the health care law. He then added about West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito, who's been a holdout on the Republicans' repeal and replace legislation, "You better get Senator Capito to vote for it." The Boy Scouts said afterward in a statement in response to questions and complaints about 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. The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies."

 
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