The 45th President of the United States Donald Trump addressed the Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia on Monday.
He told the boy scouts to disbelieve polling, and then thanked them for voting for him, despite many of them not being of voting age.
He also told a pretty indiscrete story about one of his property tycoon friends and the hedonistic life he led after making his money:
It was a bit bizarre to say the least, given how he'd started...
To then start ranting about how he couldn't pass the health bill he'd wanted to:
He said of Tom Price, his health secretary:
Hopefully he's going to get the votes tomorrow to start our path toward killing this horrible thing known as Obamacare, that's really hurting us.
We've got to get the other senators to vote for it, it's time. You know, after seven years of saying 'repeal and replace Obamacare' we have a chance to now do it.
In fact, today I said we ought to change it from the word 'swamp' to the word 'cesspool' or perhaps to the word 'sewer.'
It's not good.
I see what's going on and believe me, I'd much rather be with you, that I can tell you.
To top it all off, he encouraged the impressionable kids in the crowd not to trust the mainstream media:
Speaking of the large crowd at the event, Trump said:
Boy, we have a lot of people here. The press will say it's around 200 people. It looks like around 45,000 people.
By the way what do you think the chances are that this massive crowd, record-setting, will be shown on Television tonight?
One per cent, or zero?
The fake media will say 'President Trump spoke before a small crowd of Boy Scouts today'. That is some crowd.
Fake Media! Fake News! Thank you!
He later asked:
And did President Obama ever come to a jamboree?
Obama delivered a video address in 2010 for the Boy Scout organisation's 100th anniversary, and as a child he was a boy scout himself.
Twitter users complained that Trump's address to the organisation was overtly political:
The Boy Scouts of America said in a statement:
The Boy Scouts of America is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy.
The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies.
The sitting U.S. President serves as the BSA’s honorary president.
It is our long-standing custom to invite the U.S. President to the National Jamboree.