President Donald Trump addressed thousands of Boy Scouts at a national gathering on Monday, stressing loyalty while threatening — perhaps jokingly — to fire Health Secretary Tom Price if a crucial vote to repeal “Obamacare'” fails.
Trump told the Scouts that Price “better get” the votes to begin debate on the legislation Tuesday.
“Otherwise,” Trump tells the crowd, “I’ll say: Tom, you’re fired.”
He adds: “You better get Sen. Capito to vote for it.”
West Virginia Shelley Moore Capito has expressed reservations about the Republican health care bill.
It’s unclear whether the president was serious or joking.
Trump is the eighth president to attend the National Scout Jamboree, the organization says. More than 40,000 Scouts, leaders and volunteers are at the 10-day event, typically held every four years. President Barack Obama did not attend during his two terms, although he addressed a 100th anniversary event in 2010 by video.
Each U.S. president serves as honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke to the group on Friday. The organization is honoring Tillerson, once an Eagle Scout himself, with the development of the Rex W. Tillerson Leadership Center at the West Virginia summit site.