Boy Scouts apologize for Trump's controversial speech

Boy Scout leader apologizes for Trump's political rhetoric

The head of the Boy Scouts officially apologized Thursday for a speech President Donald Trump delivered earlier this week that was peppered with political attacks, causing widespread outrage.

"I want to extend my honest apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree", Surbaugh wrote in an official statement. "That was never our intent", Michael Surbaugh, whose title is chief Scout executive, wrote in a message posted online.

Surbaugh explained that the sitting president has been invited to attend the national jamboree since 1937. It is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies.

But, Surbaugh wrote, "We have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters".

President DonaldTrump, front left, gestures as former boys scouts, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, left, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, watch at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree at the Summit in Glen Jean, W. Va., Monday, July 24, 2017.

Many longtime Boy Scouts and leaders weighed in, saying Trump's speech was offensive and off base. Sen.

But Mr Stephenson, who was not in attendance at Mr Trump's speech, said the guidance was not followed impeccably.

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

In his letter, Surbaugh said Trump's speech had overshadowed the rest of the jamboree and its focus on Scouting.

"I saw nothing but roughly 40,000 to 45,000 Boy Scouts cheering the President on throughout his remarks and I think they were pretty excited that he was there", Sanders said.

Hoping to minimise friction, the Boy Scouts issued guidelines to adult staff members for how the audience should react to the speech.

Few will argue the importance of teaching values and responsibility to our youth - not only right from wrong, but specific positive values such as fairness, courage, honor and respect for others.

Shortly afterward, however, Trump seemed to forget about his disclaimer, and bulldozed ahead in a rambling speech that touched upon Obamacare, "fake news", military spending and an old friend of his who lived an "interesting life" on a yacht after making millions.

"There were some areas where perhaps they were not in compliance with what we instructed", he said. "There's probably criticism that could be levelled".

Presidents are usually invited to address the National Scout Jamboree, a gathering that draws tens of thousands every four years.

"I go to Washington and I see all these politicians, and I see the swamp", Trump said at one point. "We are not to going to censor or edit the president of the United States".