Trump to deliver commencement address at Liberty University

14 May, 2017, 02:13 | Author: Ora Austin
  • U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia

As seen in the above video titled "President Trump Makes Remarks at the Liberty University Commencement Ceremony", President Donald Trump found a bunch of fans at Liberty University, as Mr. Trump encouraged the graduating crowd to follow their dreams. In that speech, Trump promised: "We're going to protect Christianity, and I can say that".

Trump kept to a largely upbeat message during the roughly 30-minute speech, never mentioning his stunning decision this past week to remove James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

And he says the more that people say something can't be done, "the more you should be absolutely determined to prove them wrong". Nothing is easier or more pathetic than being a critic... He ticked off early accomplishments of note to evangelicals, including the confirmation of Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and a recent executive order directing the Justice Department not to enforce the so-called Johnson Amendment that bars religious institutions from engaging in political activity.

He also engaged in more traditional commencement rhetoric, congratulating the graduates on their accomplishments and lauding the school's academic credentials and football program.

Jerry Falwell Jr, Liberty's president, helped Mr Trump win an overwhelming 80% of the white evangelical vote.

"Then ask yourself, with all of those blessings and all the blessings you've been given, what will you give back to this country and indeed to the world?".

The news caused division among the Virginia school's students, when the announcement was made in March.

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"To young Americans at both schools, I will be bringing a message of hope and optimism about our nation's bright future", Trump said in his weekly address to the nation.

They are among almost a dozen candidates Trump is considering to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey. He fired off a threatening tweet seeming to warn Comey that he may have taped private conversations between the two of them.

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.

Trump added that "America is beginning a new chapter", an assertion endorsed by Falwell as he introduced Trump. I was invited to make the commencement address at West Point, but I will be away at the G7 - and I look forward to that - and will be at West Point, Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy.

Looking out at the class of 2017, arrayed before him, he noted that today, as they graduate, he is president of the United States.

From there, Trump devoted the majority of his address to calling on students to "never, ever give up", drawing a parallel between the small university's growth since it was founded in 1971 and his rise to power.


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