Trump Delivers His First Commencement Address As President At Liberty University

"Never stop fighting what you believe in". He then tackled how the system in Washington is already "broken".

A clear rebuke of the regressive left, for whom government is the be all and end all, Trump's statement resonates with American voters who were sickened and disgusted by Obama's "me, me, me" reign in which he frequently bemoaned the fact that he wasn't "emperor" or deeply regretted that he didn't have the totalitarian power of "the president of China".

"We will always stand up for the right of all America to pray to God and to follow His teachings", he said.

But they had a mixed response to an executive order on religious liberty Trump signed last week directing the IRS to ease up on enforcing a rarely enforced limit on partisan political activity by churches.

Trump's chief spokesman refused to comment Friday on whether active listening devices are in the Oval Office or elsewhere in the building, a non-denial that drew comparisons to the secretly taped conversations and telephone calls that led to President Richard Nixon's downfall in the Watergate scandal in the 1970s. In his speech at Liberty University, Trump reeled off his usual list of public speaking greatest hits; he made mentions of the large crowd he was speaking to, being a Washington outsider that is new to politics, and for good measure, added a dash of faith-based encouragements. Apparently, he also wants them to go against the flow of society.

"Nothing worth doing ever ... ever ... ever ... came easy", he impressed, according to the Times.

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Liberty graduates more than 18,000 students this year; about 6,000 of them attended Saturday's ceremony. It's coming from inside the (White) House.

Falwell is credited with helping Trump win an overwhelming 80 percent of the white evangelical vote.

Trump told the graduates: "This is your day and you've earned every minute of it". "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?" The leader of the Christian school, Jerry Falwell Jr., was among Trump's earliest and most vocal supporters.

"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 told The Associated Press in a telephone interview on Friday.

"I'd love to hear him talk to the students about what he plans to do for them to make it a better job market, to make the United States a better place for them to raise their families", Falwell told The Washington Post. When he gave a speech at the university a week before Falwell endorsed him, the students laughed when he referred to one of the books in the New Testament as "Two Corinthians".

Trump urged the graduates to "embrace the label" of being an outsider and to not "swim downstream so easily with the current".

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