Speaking to Boy Scouts at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, President Trump discussed yachts, Christmas, and took jabs at the press and Obama. Following is a transcript of the video.
(On crowd size)
Nineteenth Boy Scout Jamboree, wow, and to address such a tremendous group. Boy, you have a lot of people here. The press will say it’s about 200 people … It looks like about 45,000 people. You set a record today.
(On “the swamp”)
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.”
As the Scout law says, a scout is trustworthy, loyal — we could use some more loyalty, I will tell that you that.
(On crowd size, again)
By the way, what do you think the chances are that this incredible massive crowd, record setting, is going to be shown on television tonight? One per cent or zero? … “President Trump spoke before a small crowd of Boy Scouts today.” That’s some — that is some crowd. Fake media. Fake news.
By the way, just a question, did President Obama ever come to a Jamboree?
And we’ll be back. We’ll be back. The answer is no. But we’ll be back.
(On real estate developer William Levitt)
Sold his company for a tremendous amount of money, and he went out and bought a big yacht, and he had a very interesting life. I won’t go any more than that, because you’re Boy Scouts so I’m not going to tell you what he did.
Should I tell you? Should I tell you?
You’re Boy Scouts, but you know life. You know life … He got bored with this life of yachts, and sailing, and all of the things he did in the south of France and other places. You won’t get bored, right? You know, truthfully, you’re workers. You’ll get bored too, believe me. Of course having a few good years like that isn’t so bad.
(On the election)
Do you remember that famous night on television, November 8th where they said, these dishonest people, where they said, “there is no path to victory for Donald Trump.” … And you know, we have a tremendous disadvantage in the Electoral College. Popular vote is much easier.
And by the way, under the Trump administration you’ll be saying “Merry Christmas” again when you go shopping, believe me. Merry Christmas. They have been downplaying that little beautiful phrase. You’re going to be saying “Merry Christmas” again, folks.