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The Boy Scouts of America are still grappling with the fallout from Trump's speech


Updated July 26, 2017 08:33 AM EDT

The Boy Scouts of America are still grappling with the social media firestorm that came both during and after President Trump's controversial speech at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree.

Many took to social media denounce the speech, saying it didn't align with Scout values.

Filmmaker Michael Moore, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump, called the speech a "shocking abuse of children."

Others, however, argued that the Scouts are smart enough to make think for themselves.

President Trump didn't shy away from talking politics Monday night when he addressed 40,000 people at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree.

In a speech that broke eight decades of tradition, Trump jokingly threatened to fire his Health and Human Services secretary if the vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act fails, slammed the "fake news" media and replayed how he won the election.

In response, the Boy Scouts of America issued a statement re-emphasizing that it is a non-partisan organization. The organization added that each U.S. president serves as an honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America.

"The Boy Scouts of America is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy,” the Boy Scouts of America said in a statement Monday night. "The invitation to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies."

In Trump's joke about firing Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, he also managed to work in a reference to his former reality show "The Apprentice."

"Hopefully he's going to get the votes tomorrow to start our path toward killing this horrible thing known as Obamacare," Trump said, before turning to Price.

"By the way, you gonna get the votes? He better get 'em," Trump said, adding: "Otherwise, I'll say: Tom, you're fired."

Prior to Monday's speech, Trump had vowed to put politics aside to focus on inspiring the Scouts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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