Scout ex­ec­u­tive: Sorry for Trump speech

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

NEW YORK — The Boy Scouts’ chief ex­ec­u­tive apol­o­gized Thurs­day to mem­bers of the scout­ing com­mu­nity who were of­fended by the ag­gres­sive po­lit­i­cal rhetoric in Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­cent speech to the Scouts’ na­tional jam­boree.

The apol­ogy came in a state­ment from Chief Scout Ex­ec­u­tive Michael Sur­baugh, three days af­ter Trump spoke to nearly 40,000 Scouts and adults gath­ered in West Vir­ginia.

Other U.S. pres­i­dents have de­liv­ered non­po­lit­i­cal speeches at past jam­borees. To the dis­may of many par­ents and for­mer Scouts, Trump, a Repub­li­can, pro­moted his po­lit­i­cal agenda and de­rided his ri­vals, in­duc­ing some of the Scouts in at­ten­dance to boo at the men­tion of Barack Obama, his Demo­cratic pre­de­ces­sor.

“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.

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