Trump urges Liberty graduates to be outsiders

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Trump in an apparent warning to his fired FBI director said Friday

Trump's address at Liberty broke a long tradition of newly elected presidents delivering their first in-office commencement speeches at the University of Notre Dame; Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter all spoke at that in school during their first year as president.

"No one has ever achieved anything significant without a chorus of critics standing on the sideline saying why it can't be done", Trump said.

Speaking to the 2017 graduating class at Liberty University, President Trump stated: "In America, we don't worship government, we worship God".

"The more people tell you it's not possible, that it can't be done, the more you should be absolutely determined to prove them wrong. Never, ever give up", Trump said.

"Relish the opportunity to be an outsider, embrace that label being an outsider is fine".

Trump, who received an honorary doctor of laws degree at the ceremony, encouraged the students to embrace being an outsider.

At the beginning of his speech, Trump, the second-ever sitting president to address the university, noted that a record-breaking crowd was in attendance (the school's previous record for a commencement saw 38,000 people show up).

"Be totally unafraid to challenge entrenched interests and failed power structures", he said.

Trump, who took office on January 20, also sounded familiar campaign themes about a broken system in Washington. Obviously, he was referring to the people back in D.C. Trump added that these officials "think they know everything".

But while a segment of Liberty University may have opposed both Trump and Falwell's endorsement of him, others claimed the majority of the school supported Republican nominee. In that speech, Trump promised: "We're going to protect Christianity, and I can say that".

"If I give you one message to hold in your hearts today, it's this". Trump read out teams on the school's 2018 schedule, pausing at times for comic effect.

Addressing the graduates at the country's largest Christian college in Lynchburg, Va., he spoke mostly in broad, inspirational phrases that, at times, carried more than a trace of the antiestablishment resentment that defined his presidential campaign previous year. Hale said she's solidly behind Trump.

He said in an aside: "I think I did". Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe also interviewed for the permanent post despite his repeated willingness to break from White House explanations of Comey's ouster and its characterizations of the Russian Federation investigation.

Falwell became a key surrogate and validator for the thrice-married Trump during the campaign, frequently travelling with Trump on the candidate's plane and appearing at events. "They've been vetted over their lifetime essentially, but very well-known, highly respected, really talented people". George H.W. Bush was the first. They, per the President, "worship God".

But they had a mixed response to an executive order on religious liberty that Trump signed last week.

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