President Trump Delivers Commencement Address at Liberty University

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President Trump Delivers Commencement Address at Liberty University

As previously reported, Falwell first endorsed Trump for president in January 2016 and repeatedly asserted throughout Trump's presidential campaign that the then-candidate bears the fruit of one being born again because of his characteristic good deeds.

He called on the students to be champions for Christ, and encouraged them to maintain faith in God: If they have that, he said, "you will not fail".

U.S. President Donald Trump waves before delivering a keynote address at Liberty University's commencement in Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S., May 13, 2017.

"America is better when people put their faith into action", Trump said.

President Trump disparaged critics as "pathetic" in a Liberty University commencement speech. "I can promise you that", Trump said elsewhere in his speech. "As long as I am your president, no one is ever going to stop you from practicing your faith or from preaching what's in your heart".

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. I know each of you will be a warrior of truth, for our country, and for your family.

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. Nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy. "The close ties he forged with the university leadership paved the way for evangelical support that was crucial to winning the GOP nomination and the White House". Falwell, the son of the late televangelist and conservative activist Jerry Falwell, was widely seen as having helped Trump win 80 percent of the white evangelical vote.

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"You are about the begin the greatest adventure of your life", the president told graduates.

"There's no place in the world that I'd rather be to give my first commencement address as president than here with my wonderful friends at Liberty University", Trump said.

Often dubbed an "outsider" himself, the president told students that they themselves should bask in that label "because it's the outsiders who change the world and who make a real and lasting difference".

"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.

Twitter also reports Liberty University as a top trending item at the moment, as President Trump gave his rousing first commencement speech at Liberty University, or at any university, for that matter, as President Trump.

When Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed Trump during the presidential campaign past year, he described the Republican as someone who "can lead our country to greatness again".

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