The Boy Scouts of America have denied President Donald Trump's assertion that the organization's leadership called the president and praised his controversial July 24 address to the BSA's national jamboree. Meanwhile, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has shot down a similar assertion that he had called Trump to praise the U.S. administration's work on the southern border.
On July 25, Trump said that the BSA leadership had called him after his polarizing speech before thousands of Boy Scouts in West Virginia.
"I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech was ever made to them, and they were thankful," Trump told The Wall Street Journal. The transcript of the full interview between the president and the newspaper was obtained by Politico, unearthing his previously unpublished remark about the BSA.
On Aug. 2, a spokesperson for the BSA denied any knowledge of such a conversation.
"We are unaware of any such call," the BSA told The Associated Press.
Trump's speech before the BSA meeting had upset several parents who found the president's rhetoric to be inappropriately political for a crowd of children and teenagers. On July 27, BSA Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh released a statement apologizing for Trump's rhetoric during the event.
"I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree," Surbaugh said. "That was never our intent."
BSA communications director Effie Delimarkos, when asked whether the phone call described by Trump ever took place, told the Washington Post that Surbaugh's "message to the Scouting community speaks for itself."
On July 31, Trump asserted during a Cabinet meeting that the Mexican government had congratulated him on his administration's efforts to curb illegal crossings across the U.S.-Mexico border.
"And even the president of Mexico called me -- they said their southern border, very few people are coming because they know they're not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment," Trump said, according to CBS News.
On Aug. 2, the Nieto administration denied that such a phone call ever took place. The Mexican foreign ministry released a statement asserting that Nieto "has not recently spoken to President Donald Trump over the phone."
The latest time that Trump and Nieto publicly met was during the G-20 summit in Germany on July 7.