Head of Boy Scouts apologizes for 'political rhetoric' in Trump speech

"We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program", Surbaugh wrote.

Sanders said she had not seen the statement from the Boy Scouts.

Speaking to thousands of 12- to 18-year-olds, Trump pushed his health care agenda, bragged about his electoral college victory and talked about the so-called "war on Christmas". "They enjoy getting out there and stretching their capabilities a little bit, and sometimes you fall when you do that", said Scout Leader Bob Frysinger.

At a huge Boy Scout jamboree in West Virginia on Monday, Trump railed against ObamaCare and said Price had "better" deliver the votes in Congress to repeal the law. He said that overall the jamboree hasn't been "diminished in recent days", even though "the past few days have been overshadowed by the remarks offered by the President of the United States".

Surbaugh also made it clear in his Thursday letter that inviting Trump to speak was not politically motivated, but part of a scouting tradition that goes back to 1937. The Boy Scouts is a nonpartisan organization for boys and teens, but, of course, Trump "did his thing", Colbert sighed, beginning an annotated walk through the unorthodox address, from Trump bragging about the crowd size to his unusual aside about being able to say "Merry Christmas" again, to his lighthearted threats to fire Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

On Thursday, the Boy Scouts released an official apology, saying that "politics were inserted" into the jamboree.

In Ohio, there's a new scout troop that challenges some assumptions about the Boy Scouts.

The Boy Scouts apologized for President Trump's speech, because we live in a world in which the president doesn't know how to comport himself.

At the White House, however, Sanders indicated that neither she nor Trump saw any reason to apologize, or considered his remarks in any way out of line.

I am a former Cub Scout, Boy Scout, volunteer and council professional. "I think they were pretty excited that he was there and happy to hear him speak to them".

  • Rogelio Becker