Boy Scouts dispute Trump claim that their leader called his speech ‘the greatest’
The Boy Scouts of America is denying President Trump’s claim that the head of the organization told him it was “the greatest speech” the organization ever heard.
“The Chief Scout Executive’s message to the Scouting community speaks for itself,” the organization told Time magazine Tuesday.
Trump said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal last month that the head of the Boy Scouts had called him to thank him for the speech.
“And I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful,” Trump said in the interview, the full transcript of which was released by Politico Tuesday.
Michael Surbaugh, leader of the Boy Scouts of America, apologized last week for the speech, saying that they “sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.”
Trump told a long story to the scouts about spending time on yachts and at cocktail parties “with the hottest people in New York” during the speech and got the crowd to boo former President Barack Obama.
“And by the way, I’d be the first to admit mixed. I’m a guy that will tell you mixed. There was no mix there,” Trump said during the interview. “That was a standing ovation from the time I walked out to the time I left, and for five minutes after I had already gone. There was no mix.”
Media reports put the crowd size at 35,000, while Trump estimated about 45,000 were on hand.