The Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America apologized Thursday to anyone in the scouting community who may have been offended or alarmed by President Donald Trump’s speech at the organization’s National Jamboree earlier this week.
“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,” Michael Surbaugh wrote in a statement. “For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters. We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.”
During Trump’s speech, the President invoked his election victory, slamming both his onetime opponent Hillary Clinton and his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, eliciting a series of boos from the crowd. He also derided what he called the “fake news” media.
Read Surbaugh’s statement in full below:
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