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Boy Scouts Distance Themselves After Trump's Speech

| by Jonathan Constante
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The Boy Scouts of America are distancing themselves from President Donald Trump after what most are saying was a rather bizarre speech.

Trump delivered a partisan, campaign-style speech at the National Scout Jamboree on July 25, AOL reported. He took aim at former President Barack Obama, reminded former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Democrats that they lost and -- once again -- blasted the "fake news media."

"The fake media will say, 'President Trump spoke before a small crowd of Boy Scouts today.'" Trump told the crowd. "By the way, just a question. Did [former President Barack Obama] ever come to a jamboree? And We'll be back. We'll be back. The answer is 'no' and ... we'll be back."

"But do you remember that incredible night with the maps and the Republicans are red and the Democrats are blue," the president added. "We won and we won."

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Trump also mentioned a home builder named William Levitt, who "went personally bankrupt." He said he "saw him at a cocktail party, and it was very sad because the hottest people in New York were at this party,” according to Politico.

The Scouts have since issued a statement in response to 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 group said in a statement on July 25, according to news reports. “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.”

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Trump broke an 80-year jamboree tradition by attacking his critics and rivals during the speech. The jamboree brings thousands of scouts together from around the world to discuss leadership and trade ideas.

Former Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were all members of the Boy Scouts. Trump was not.

Trump also took to Twitter to talk about health care. He blasted Democrats and thanked Sen. John McCain of Arizona for delivering his vote.

"ObamaCare is torturing the American People. The Democrats have fooled the people long enough," the president tweeted. "Repeal or Repeal & Replace! I have pen in hand."

"This will be a very interesting day for HealthCare," Trump continued in a separate tweet. "The Dems are obstructionists but the Republicans can have a great victory for the people!"

"[McCain]-Thank you for coming to D.C. for such a vital vote," the president added. "Congrats to all Rep. We can now deliver grt healthcare to all Americans!"

Sources: AOL, Politico, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2, 3) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2), Pixabay

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