Trump Incites Boos For Obama During Boy Scouts Jamboree Speech

Trump Incites Boos For Obama During Boy Scouts Jamboree Speech Photo Credit: Carlos Barria for Reuters

What should have been an address honoring the Boy Scouts of America, Donald Trump instead used part of his speech to criticize former President Barack Obama.

While addressing the audience at the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree in Glen Jean, West Virginia Monday evening, Trump remarked at how Obama never attended a Jamboree as POTUS.

"By the way, just a question. Did President Obama ever come to a jamboree?” Trump asked the audience, some of whom booed in response. "The answer is no, but we'll be back."

Although Obama never attended a Jamboree in person he did record a video message to the National Jamboree in 2010, noting the history of the Boy Scouts and the organization's service to the United States as it marked its 100thanniversary. Obama was also a member of the Indone­sian Scout Asso­ci­a­tion as a child, reaching the equiv­a­lent of a Cub Scout. According to a report from the Hill along with Obama other former presidents such as George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford, and John F. Kennedy were all Scouts, while Trump was never a part of the organization.

During his speech, Trump also discussed the moment he won the presidential election and his thoughts on the political landscape in Washington.

"You know, I go to Washington and I see all these politicians, and I see the swamp, and it's not a good place," he said. "In fact, today I said, 'We ought to change it from the word 'swamp' to the word 'cesspool' or perhaps to the word 'sewer,' but it's not good. Not good. And I see what's going on. And believe me, I'd much rather be with you."

Following the speech, the Boy Scouts of America released a statement saying that inviting Trump to the event was "in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies."

"The sitting U.S. President serves as the BSA's honorary president.  It is our long-standing custom to invite the U.S. President to the National Jamboree," the statement read.