Over 18,000 graduates and their families listened to Trump speak as the first president to address a Liberty graduation since George H.W. Bush in 1990. All-in-all, it was a forgettable speech for those looking for headlines, but one that went over well with a crowd that consistently loudly applauded the president. "We are Liberty students who are disappointed with President Falwell's endorsement and are exhausted of being associated with one of the worst presidential candidates in American history", the letter reads.
Trump also commended war heroes and athletes, and at one point read off Liberty's 2018 football schedule, a commendation of the future of the university's athletic program.
His speech, delivered via teleprompter, focused on shared values: faith, perseverance and courage-and urged graduates to follow his example to achieve success.
Lawmakers from both parties have spent days questioning the timing of Trump's decision to fire Comey, who was leading the probe into possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during the election.
"In my short time in Washington, I've seen firsthand how the system is broken".
"A small group of failed voices, who think they know everything, and understand everyone, want to tell everybody else how to live and what to do and how to think", he said. President Trump also encouraged Liberty University students to always do what they love. The commander in chief typically addresses graduates of one of the USA military service academies and Trump is scheduled to speak at the Coast Guard Academy in CT on Wednesday.
"We don't need a lecture from Washington on how to lead our lives", he impressed to thousands of listening students on the Virginia campus.
"Just wait until the world hears the football teams you'll be playing on your schedule starting next season", Trump said.
"As long as I am president, no one is ever going to stop you from practicing your faith or preaching what's in your heart", Trump said.
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Trump added that "America is beginning a new chapter", an assertion endorsed by Falwell as he introduced Trump.
And while his endorsement of the real estate mogul was personal, Falwell's position as university president resulted in Liberty University becoming loosely entangled in Trump's campaign, which did not sit well with everyone at the university.
A strong majority of evangelicals voted for Trump in November despite some predictions to the contrary.
President Donald Trump gives the commencement address for the Class of 2017 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Saturday.
President Trump's presence caused certain Liberty University graduates to wear Trump stuff instead of mortarboards, like red Make America Great Again hats.
He found few critics at Liberty University.
President Trump disparaged critics as "pathetic" in a Liberty University commencement speech.
"Relish the opportunity to be an outsider", he continued.
Trump was an outsider who challenged the political establishment on the way to winning the White House.