Trump Lied About Getting Phone Calls from the Boy Scouts and Mexico

Trump's Complimentary Calls From The Boy Scouts & Mexico Never Happened
White House denies Mexican president, Boy Scouts' claims they never praised Trump

04 August, 2017

Michael Surbaugh, leader of the Boy Scouts of America, last week for the speech, saying that they "sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program". "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", chief scout executive Mike Surbaugh said.

Michael D'Antonio, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author who wrote The Truth About Trump, a biography of the real-estate tycoon, says of the president that "he's been lying his whole life, nearly reflexively".

President Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. "That was never our intent".

While the leader of the Boy Scouts said he didn't really call Trump (as Trump had claimed in leaked transcripts from an interview with the Wall Street Journal), Sanders said that "multiple members of the Boy Scouts leadership" complimented his controversial speech in West Virginia.

But the Boy Scouts don't remember that call ever taking place.

On Wednesday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was forced into a tight spot.

But she acknowledged no member of the leadership called the President. So she opted to say the remarks were made in-person at the jamboree. "That's a pretty bold accusation", Ms Sanders said.

As with a prior alleged phone call, one the president claimed he received from the President of Mexico to congratulate him on his border enforcement efforts, the party line from the White House is that the conversations did happen, just not on the phone. "They happened in person", Sanders said.

On Monday, he said "even the president of Mexico called me". ABC News reported Trump said on July 31 that President Nieto called him to say, "their southern border, very few people are coming because they know they're not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment".

According to Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso, the only discussion about immigration that has taken place between Nieto and Trump was during the G20 summit when the Mexican leader told the US president that the rate of Mexicans being deported from the USA had fallen by 31 percent.

Mr Trump's suggestion that he and Mr Pena Nieto had spoken by phone became an issue in Mexico, where opposition politicians jumped on Mr Trump's account and complained about what sounded like a "secret phone call" between the pair.

While Nieto said he didn't actually call to praise his actions at the border, Sanders said that the two presidents did still have a talk about border issues at a meeting in Hamburg, Germany.

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