President Trump to deliver commencement address at Liberty University

by Garry Watts May 14, 2017, 2:46

Trump gave the commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, this morning, telling the evangelical Christian school's graduates to defy expectations, keep faith in God, and fight again established systems.

"Demand the best from yourself and be totally unafraid to challenge entrenched interests and failed power structures", Trump said, in a dig at the Washington political establishment he has vowed to shake up.

Trump appeared in good spirits at the end of a tumultuous week in which he fired FBI Director James Comey, leaving his close aides and surrogates to try to deal with the political fallout.

The president has stayed largely out of public view since Tuesday, when he removed the head of the agency that is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election, along with possible ties between Mr Trump's campaign and the Russian government.

And he says the more that people say something can't be done, "the more you should be absolutely determined to prove them wrong".

Being an outsider is fine, he said, because it is outsiders who change the world.

During Friday's Weekly Address, President Trump stated, "Confidence in the American economy has reached levels not seen in many, many years".

"In the course of the current USA election campaign, Mr. Trump has made a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university", Robert Gordon said in a statement.

"I think the process is going to move quickly", Trump said aboard a plane for a college commencement speech.

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Beyond those words, President Trump talked with the Liberty University students about "very important signings", meaning the Johnson Amendment executive order.

"Following your convictions means you must be willing to face criticism from those who lack the same courage", he added.

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.

The speech - which received a standing ovation - was delivered just beyond the end zone in school's football stadium before what Liberty president Jerry Falwell Jr. said was a crowd of 50,000. "President (Jerry) Falwell gave me a list of some of those schools of which you'll be playing in 2018".

Trump is scheduled to address graduates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump will deliver a commencement speech at Liberty University today.

I want you to know that my administration is working every single day to create new opportunities and to reverse years of stagnant growth, falling wages, and disappearing jobs. He courted Christians there in January 2016 with a speech that drew laughs from some in the audience when he referred to one of the Bible's books as "Two Corinthians" instead of the more common "Second Corinthians".

Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, told University of Massachusetts-Amherst graduates they should fight for "the principle that no one, no one in this country is above the law and we need a Justice Department, not an obstruction of justice department". President George H.W. Bush spoke at Liberty's commencement in May 1990.

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