President Trump desperately needs the country to believe him on important matters like collusion with Russia, but the country’s premier Boy Scout is holding him to their Scout law: “A Scout is Trustworthy. A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.”
The president’s credibility was questioned when his claim about a phone call from the Boy Scouts of America that praised Trump’s speech was denied as ever happening.
“I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful,” Trump told The Wall Street Journal last week. But the Boy Scouts say that they have no knowledge of any such call. Instead, they referred to a statement by chief executive Mike Surbaugh that apologized for the speech by Trump as inappropriately political.
In the speech mainly directed at 12 to 18-year-olds, Trump boasted about his election win, criticized Hillary Clinton and called the media dishonest.
“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. That was never our intent,” Surbaugh wrote in a statement released July 27. “We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.”
In the video clip below, you will see that Sarah Huckabee Sanders is asked about the phone call and acknowledges that there was no phone call. She argues that Trump was not lying though.
“I wouldn’t say it was a lie,” she said. “Multiple members of the Boy Scout leadership following his speech there that day congratulated him, praised him, and offered quite powerful compliments.”
In that briefing, Sanders also had to defend Trump’s statement to the Journal that the president of Mexico called him to thank him for the drop in undocumented immigrants crossing into his country. But Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto denied calling Trump. Sanders said that Trump was referring to a conversation he had with the Mexican president at the G-20 meeting in Germany last month. “The conservations took place, they just simply didn’t take place over a phone call,” she said. “He had them in person.”
Credit: Huffington Post