U.S. President Donald Trump denigrates the media at the National Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, West Virginia and rails against his predecessor Barack Obama, who declined invitations to speak to the scout gathering while he was in office. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) After another challenging day in Washington, President Donald Trump flew to West Virginia on Monday (July 24) to a field full of 40,000 chanting and cheering Boy Scouts, telling them he was happy to leave Washington behind. "Who the hell wants to speak about politics?" Trump boomed, telling the boys he wanted to talk about how to achieve their dreams. But politics proved too hard for Trump to resist on a day he spent pleading for Republican senators to vote to advance his long-promised health care overhaul and watching his son-in-law Jared Kushner being grilled on Capitol Hill about contacts with Russia. It did not take long for Trump to veer from inspiration to denigration. The teenaged boys loved it, cheering wildly at each sick burn, hooting and hollering like they were at a wrestling match. He told the boys that the media were dishonest and would not show the size of their jamboree on television. Trump recounted his election night victories, state by state, the boys from Wisconsin cheering when they heard their state mentioned, the boys from Michigan doing the same. But the most sustained round of cheers and jeers came when Trump mentioned his predecessor President Barack Obama, who had declined invitations to speak to the scout gathering while he was in office. Trump said he has 10 former Boy Scouts serving in his cabinet and White House, and brought a few on stage as examples of Boy Scout leadership in action, including Tom Price, his health secretary. Trump, who was flanked on stage by Price and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, said that he would "fire" Price if a vote in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday over a Republican healthcare bill fails to pass.