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Donald Trump's Boy Scouts of America speech sparks social media firestorm

President DonaldTrump front left gestures as former boys scouts Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke left Energy Secretary Rick Perry watch at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree at the Summit in Glen Jean W. Va. Monday Donald Trump's Boy Scouts of America speech sparks social media firestorm
Melinda Barton | 26 July, 2017, 18:48

Parents, former Scouts and others were furious after Trump railed against his enemies, promoted his political agenda and underlined his insistence on loyalty before an audience of tens of thousands of school-age Scouts in West Virginia on Monday night. Speakers have included Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan's wife Nancy Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, who Trump criticized for not attending a Jamboree during his presidency.

During his speech, Trump bashed the media and former President Barack Obama and boasted about his election victory, calling November 8, 2016, "a lovely date".

At another point in his speech, the president stated that 10 members of his Cabinet were former Scouts, unlike himself.

"I won't go any more than that, because you're Boy Scouts so I'm not going to tell you what he did", Trump teased.

New York Times correspondent Binyamin Appelbaum has also weighed in, claiming that what Trump did was "against the rules" as political leaders are forbidden to endorse their party at flag ceremonies.

ADVERTISEMENT "The answer is no, but we'll be back", Trump added.

Trump seemed to win the support of the crowd from the beginning. President Trump was not. Another said, "I can't believe the Boy Scouts booed a living American president". This has not been the first sitting president to be in attendance as many former presidents have been hosted at this event.

"We could use some more loyalty, I will tell you that", said the man who is alleged to have asked fired FBI Director James Comey for a pledge of loyalty. He did have a positive message for the Scouts.

Do you know a mom of an Eagle Scout? They need to denounce what [Trump] said.

"The Boy Scouts of America is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy", the group said in a statement on July 25, according to news reports. "The invitation for the sitting USA 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". "Since then, an invitation to speak has been extended to every U.S. President that has had a Scout Jamboree occur during his term".