The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday the organization is not aware of any calls between its leaders and President Donald Trump, even though the president recently said he got a call praising his July 24 speech at the scouting jamboree.
“I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal in an interview last week. POLITICO published the transcript of that interview Tuesday. “They were very thankful.”
President Randall Stephenson and Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh are the scouts’ top leaders, but neither has disclosed any communication with Trump or his administration.
The Boy Scouts of America said in a statement on Wednesday it did not know of any call from national leaders to the White House.
The group also pointed to an apology letter Surbaugh wrote after Trump’s politically charged speech. Surbaugh said inviting presidents to the celebration is a longstanding scout tradition and urged the scouts to look past the divisive moment and toward emulating scout values.
“In a time when differences seem to separate our country, we hope the true spirit of scouting will empower our next generation of leaders to bring people together to do good in the world,” Surbaugh wrote July 27. “While we live in a challenging time in a country divided along political lines, the focus of scouting remains the same today as every day.”