President Donald Trump has rallied a crowd of 40,000 Boy Scouts to boo the “fake news” and the Washington “sewer”.
Mr Trump addressed the chanting teenagers at the National Jamboree in West Virginia on Monday.
“Who the hell wants to speak about politics?”
He wanted to tell the Boy Scouts how to achieve their dreams, he said. But politics proved too hard for Mr Trump to resist.
“Tonight we put aside all of the policy fights in Washington, DC you’ve been hearing about with the fake news and all of that,” he said.
“You know, I go to Washington and I see all these politicians and I see the swamp and it’s not a good place.
“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.”
The Boy Scouts cheered and booed when Mr Trump said the size of the crowd would not be accurately portrayed on television.
“Fake media, fake news,” he said.
Mr 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.
“Hopefully he’s going to get the votes tomorrow to start our path toward killing this horrible thing known as Obamacare.
“He better get them, otherwise I’ll say, ‘Tom, you’re fired!'” he said, borrowing the catch phrase from his reality television show, The Apprentice.
The teenagers chanted, “U-S-A, U-S-A” in response.
Mr Trump said former President Barack Obama had never addressed a Boy Scout Jamboree. Mr Obama was a Boy Scout as a child, whereas Mr Trump was not.