Trump urges grads to draw lessons from his outsider status
- Author: Megan Austin May 14, 2017,
May 14, 2017, 2:42
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is set to deliver today's commencement address at Liberty University, the evangelical Christian institution that bars LGBT students. "Be totally unafraid to challenge entrenched interests and failed power structures".
Trump's visit to the Lynchburg, Virginia, school marks his first extended public appearance since his Tuesday firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating Russia's role in last year's USA presidential election and possible connections between Trump's campaign and the Russian government.
Democrats, and some FBI officials, charge Trump got rid of Comey in order to impede an investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russian Federation, which tried to influence the 2016 election by hacking prominent Democrats.
He says outsiders "change the world and make a real and lasting difference".
President Trump is presented with an honorary doctorate about 31 minutes into the commencement ceremony and begins his address immediately after that.
On May 21 Vice President Mike Pence will address the graduates of Notre Dame, the high-profile Catholic university which bucked its tradition this year by not inviting the recently-elected president to give its commencement speech.
"It's been a little over a year since I've spoken at your attractive campus", Trump said.
Meanwhile, Falwell thinks Trump is the "dream president" for American evangelicals.
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Some of the students at Liberty University have expressed excitement for President Trump's visit, but this feeling is reportedly coupled with a some apprehension. Remember this. Nothing worth doing ever came easy ...
"But you aren't going to let other people tell you what you believe, especially when you know that you are right". "President (Jerry) Falwell gave me a list of some of those schools of which you'll be playing in 2018".
Trump also praised the military for its battle against the Islamic State and referred at one point to his recent executive order on religious freedom.
"Even that is possible", Trump told reporters when asked whether he could announce his nominee by Friday, when he is scheduled to leave for the Mideast and Europe.
Speaking to a friendly crowd at the country's largest Christian university on Saturday, President Trump told the graduating class that "in America, we don't worship government, we worship God". "We don't need a lecture from Washington on how to lead our lives". That was evident when he spoke at Liberty University on the campaign trail in January 2016, citing a verse from "Two Corinthians", a New Testament book that is actually called "Second Corinthians".
President Donald Trump is delivering his first commencement address as president.
And he tells graduates that he's standing before them as the country's leader. In that speech, Trump promised: "We're going to protect Christianity, and I can say that".
Presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush did so during their first year in office.