President Trump praises Boy Scouts, discusses politics at 2017 National Jamboree
GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) - In a speech President Donald Trump said would not focus on politics, he didn’t shy away from discussing several controversial topics when addressing 40,000 people at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree.
Trump began his remarks at 6:35 p.m. Monday, taking the stage to applause and cheers.
After starting his speech late, Trump said, "If you think that was an easy trip, you're wrong. "
Right away, Trump said he expected the fake news media would underreport the crowd size drastically and not cover these remarks at all.
Monday night, Trump said to the Boy Scouts and volunteers that it's time to put aside policy fights and fake news and talk about success instead.
"Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I'm in front of the Boy Scouts?" he said.
Less than five minutes later, after introducing Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price as former Boy Scouts, Trump reminded that leaders like these were the people who need to help kill Obamacare. If not, Trump said, they are fired.
Trump spoke highly of the Boy Scouts, saying when he was invited to speak at the Jamboree, he immediately said yes.
"A lot of love in this big, beautiful place," he said.
Though there wasn't love for everybody.
"By the way, just a question," he said. "Did President Obama ever come to a Jamboree?"
The crowd roared back, "No."
"And we'll be back," Trump said. "The answer is no, but we'll be back."
Trump said Boy Scouts believe in putting America first.
"You are not only shaping young lives. You are shaping the future of America," he said.
Speaking to the crowd, Trump promised that America would soon be an exporter of energy, although he did not elaborate on plans.
Trump made reference to the Boy Scout Law, causing those in attendance to finish chanting it in unison. Trump paused while they finished and said he was impressed.
For a second time, Trump mentioned his expectations for a lack of media coverage, noting that the "fake media" would report "President Trump spoke before a small crowd of Boy Scouts tonight."
Trump made more promises to members of the crowd, assuring them that the economy and stock market were both in great shape and that by December, people would say "Merry Christmas" again when they went shopping.
"We are indeed making America great again. What's going on is incredible,” Trump said.
Trump spoke for a moment about the military and police and fire departments and then closed his speech with words of encouragement for the Scouts.
"God bless you, God bless the Boy Scouts, God bless the United States of America. Go out and show me that there is nobody, nobody like a Boy Scout," the president said.