The speech was Trump's first commencement address and his first extended public appearance since Tuesday, when he abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating Russia's role in last year's USA presidential election as well as possible connections between Trump's campaign and the Russian government. While we provide for the physical needs of the people, we seek to provide the eternal hope only found in Jesus Christ through the word of God.
"You have to do what you love, or you most likely won't be very successful at it", he said, encouraging them to be themselves.
Trump paid tribute to the university's president, one of his earliest political supporters, and criticized the Washington establishment as the keynote of his remarks at Liberty's commencement ceremony Saturday.
The president went on to acknowledge the great faith base of Americans from coast to coast - emphasizing how their belief in God guides every aspect of the way they live their lives.
This weekend President Donald Trump gave the commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg.
"In my short time in Washington, I've seen firsthand how the system is broken". The president assured the students as long as he was in power, he would not let anyone tamper with their right to practice their faith openly.
Trump followed up by reminding students that the best things in life are always hard to come by, telling them not choose the path of least resistance, but rather choose God's straight and narrow path - where only the few, the bold and the faithful go.
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"Remember this, nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy", said Trump. I know that each of you will be a warrior for the truth ...
Mr. Trump went on the question the Liberty University students about challenging accepted wisdom and taking on established systems.
Like Trump, Obama also spoke at a service academy but had appearances at a prestigious private institution and one of America's largest public universities as well. It's coming from inside the (White) House. Instead of personal defenses, Trump came to Liberty University armed with a message of thanks for evangelicals whose votes helped him prove himself during the elections. "With all of those blessings and all of the blessings that you've been given, what will you give back to this country - and indeed, to the world?"
"Right here, the Class of 2017, dressed in cap and gown, graduating to a totally brilliant future; and here I am, standing before you as president of the United States".
"I really don't think any other president has done more for evangelicals and the faith community in four months than President Trump has", Falwell recently told The Associated Press (AP) in an interview.
"Relish the opportunity to be an outsider. Embrace the label. Because it's the outsiders that change the world, and who make a real lasting difference", he counseled.