Boy Scouts: Trump lied - we didn't call to praise his speech

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Maybe someone pretending to be with the Boy Scouts called Trump to tell him how awesome he is, and he was fooled by a prank. Trump's fiery political rhetoric received intense backlash, and ultimately prompted an apology from Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says there were no such calls, but "multiple members of the Boy Scout leadership" approached Trump in person after the speech and "offered quite powerful compliments".

"That was never our intent", Surbaugh said Thursday.

During The Wall Street Journal interview, the President claimed the Scouts called him after the speech thanking him for his address.

The organization specified that neither of its two top leaders - its president Randall Stephenson and chief scout executive Mike Surbaugh - had called the president, AP said.

'I won't go any more than that, because you're Boy Scouts, so I'm not going to tell you what he did, ' Trump said.

Trump's assertion that the leaders called his speech "the greatest ever made to them" appears to stand in contradiction to reality.

Speaking last Monday before about 40,000 Scouts, Trump delivered a speech that would not have been out of place on his campaign or in his tweets.

Asked about the alleged call, Mexico's foreign relations department said Peña Nieto "has not had any recent telephone communication with President Donald Trump".

I thought it was an interesting speech in the context of the Boy Scouts.

Surbaugh said the invitation to the sitting President to visit the Jamboree is a "longstanding tradition" dating to 1937.

'Scouts have continued to trade patches, climb rock walls and share stories about the day's adventure, ' he said.

Stephenson, who did not attend Trump's speech, said the guidance wasn't followed impeccably. "For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained nonpartisan and refused to comment on political matters".

Scouting leaders publicly apologized days later.

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