Trump to deliver commencement address at Liberty University

President Trump salutes as he arrives at Lynchburg regional airport, Virginia, U.S., on May 13, 2017. Lee is one o.

"Be totally unafraid to challenge entrenched interests and failed power structures", he said, adding, "Does that sound familiar, by the way?"

Trump, who took office on January 20, also sounded familiar campaign themes about a broken system in Washington.

"Relish the opportunity to be an outsider", he continued.

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

"It's the outsiders who change the world", Trump proclaimed to the newly graduated seniors, according to AP - quite possibly alluding to Jesus Christ and his life-changing ministry on Earth to a hostile and rejecting world.

The president also called the United States "a nation of true believers", a country that doesn't "worship government, we worship God".

"In my short time in Washington, I've seen firsthand how the system is broken", Trump said, while addressing graduating seniors at Liberty University.

As some graduates looked on donned in Make America Great Again hats, he proclaimed a faith-fueled version of American history and society, lifting up a version of Christian nationalism he first introduced during his speech at Inauguration Day.

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.

"I said I was gonna do it, and Jerry, I did", Trump said, referencing longtime supporter and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who had launched his campaign at Liberty 10 months earlier. Reportedly, Trump quoted a passage from "Two Corinthians".

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 a year ago.

"When Mr. Trump first spoke at Liberty University during the campaign, he quoted Scripture and vowed to "protect Christianity, '" the Times" S.A. Miller noted.

Three students wrote an opinion piece in The Post, writing that "Trump is the antithesis of our values".

Falwell and numerous graduates appeared pleased enough.

He also engaged in more traditional commencement rhetoric, congratulating the graduates on their accomplishments and lauding the school's academic credentials and football program. Justice Department officials began interviewing candidates in Washington on Saturday.

"Nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy", the president said.

In his weekly address to the nation, Trump said he was "delighted to be participating first hand in the excitement" as students and faculty celebrate Liberty's more than 18,000 graduates.

"I think I did", he joked.

He says: "I'm guessing there are some people here today who thought that either one of those things - either one - would really require major help from God". "Almost all of them are very well known".

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