The Boy Scouts cast doubt Wednesday over President Trump's claim that the head of the organization called the president to praise him for a politically charged speech he gave before thousands of scouts last week.
During an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump said he heard from the leader of the Boy Scouts after his speech at the National Jamboree.
"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, according to a transcript published Tuesday by Politico.
But the Boy Scouts said it was not aware of any call from members of the organization's leadership to the White House.
"The Chief Scout Executive's message to the Scouting community speaks for itself," the Boy Scouts said in a statement.
Trump addressed the National Jamboree in West Virginia last week, but his speech was criticized by parents and former scouts who complained about the partisan nature of the president's remarks. During the speech, he ridiculed former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, joked about firing Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and bragged at length about his election night victory.
The backlash led to an apology from Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh, who said it was "never our intent" for political rhetoric to be inserted into the National Jamboree.
"It is in no way an endorsement of any person, party, or policies," he said. "For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained nonpartisan and refused to comment on political matters. We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program."