Trump to Deliver First Commencement Address at Liberty University
- Author: Sonia Alvarado May 14, 2017,
May 14, 2017, 2:43
"No one has ever achieved anything significant without a chorus of critics standing on the sidelines explaining why it can't be done", the president said.
Washington, May 13 US President Donald Trump today said he has seen first-hand how the system is broken in Washington DC in a short span of little over 100 days of his presidency.
President Donald Trump will address students at a Christian university in his first extended public appearance since he fired James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director this week. That day he dismissed the head of the agency that is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election and possible ties to Trump's campaign. "Embrace the label because it's the outsiders who change the world and who make a real and lasting difference".
Trump had earlier criticized Comey as a "showboat" and a "grandstander", and the president's warning prompted new accusations of interference with the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.
Falwell also said he was honored that Trump picked Liberty for his first commencement speech. "A small group of failed voices who think they know everything and understand everyone, want to tell everyone else what to do and how to live and what to think".
"I've noticed a new hope and new optimism sweeping this country", Falwell said, calling on "our president's enemies" in the media and political establishment to "practice the tolerance they so often preach".
Trump took swipes at his Washington opponents, too, telling attendees that following their "convictions means you will face criticism from those who lack the same courage" to do the right thing.
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"There is nothing easier or more pathetic than being a critic", Trump said.
President Donald Trump outlined a deeply religious vision of America while speaking to graduates of a conservative Christian college on Saturday, invoking his own version of Christian nationalism and touting policies friendly to right-wing faithful. Jeannie and Willie Haywood's daughter Cassandra is graduating with her master's in business as a LU Online student, and Jeannie Haywood said this isn't the first time they've encountered presidential-level security, having watched former President Barack Obama speak at a West Point U.S. Military Academy.
"I don't think that we've had a President for many years that has done that so we are beyond excited", said Nelson.
But they had a mixed response to an executive order on religious liberty that Trump signed last week.
"We just enjoy every minute of it, just soaking it all in", said Lisa Nelson, who is graduating with an Associate's degree. "We have no choice", Trump said to a warm crowd. "Adding to the chaos is really more disrespectful to the graduates and their families than it is effective as a protest against Trump". While campaigning there in January 2016, he drew laughs from audience members when he referred to one of the Bible's books as "Two Corinthians" rather than the more common "Second Corinthians".
He asked graduates to ask themselves going forward whether they defied expectations, challenged the accepted wisdom and took on established systems. President George H.W. Bush spoke at Liberty's commencement in May 1990.