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Justice: Trump's Scout Speech was 'Unbelievable'

West Virginia Governor's Office
Gov Jim Justice visited the The 2017 National Scout Jamboree earlier on Friday, July 21, 2017.

As the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree continued in West Virginia Tuesday, members of the organization were joined by Gov. Jim Justice to dedicate their welcome center.

Justice used the ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon to share a story about his interaction with President Donald Trump who made his first visit in office to West Virginia Monday.

Justice and representatives of the Boy Scouts of America cut the ribbon and officially dedicated the J.W. and Hazel Ruby West Virginia Welcome Center in Mt. Hope Tuesday afternoon.

The event was just one of many during the Boy Scout Jamboree’s West Virginia Day celebration.

Justice told the crowd gathered at the ceremony said he met Trump at the Raleigh County airport Monday and rode with him to the Summit Bechtel Reserve before his speech in front of more than 40,000 boy scouts and volunteers. 

Justice said he enjoyed Trump’s speech and called it “unbelievable,” but the president has received pushback on social media from the scouting community for politicizing it.

Trump used it as an opportunity to push his energy and health care agendas and criticize members of the Democratic party, including former President Barrack Obama and former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Ashton Marra covers the Capitol for West Virginia Public Radio and can be heard weekdays on West Virginia Morning, the station’s daily radio news program. Ashton can also be heard Sunday evenings as she brings you state headlines during NPR’s weekend edition of All Things Considered. She joined the news team in October of 2012.

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