Donald Trump fails to mention Comey sacking at speech to university graduates

Andrew McCabe right in 2015. With him is Dana J. Boente the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia

President Donald Trump delivered an uplifting message to the Liberty University graduating class here Saturday - but also used the commencement speech to take on a "chorus of critics" and to seemingly defend his abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Liberty University students cheer after hearing "Land of the Free and Home of the Brave" at the Christian school's commencement ceremony in Lynchburg, Virginia, May 13, 2017.

But the timing of Trump's decision raised questions as he remains frustrated by FBI and congressional investigations into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential campaign that ended with Trump's election, along with possible ties between Trump associates and the Russian government.

Trump during his address took a vague shot at detractors but strayed from his usual style of tackling the news of the day head on, only saying there's "nothing easier or more pathetic than being a critic". Embrace that label, because it's the outsiders that change the world and make a real and lasting difference.

Presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush did so during their first year in office.

A writer at Liberty University's student paper stepped down later in the year, Politico reported, after Falwell censored a column that hit Trump over the head for his infamous Access Hollywood claims.

"A small group of failed voices who think they know everything and understand everyone want to tell everybody else how to live and what to do and how to think".

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". At the time, Trump said that this was a "great honor".

Falwell said he would "absolutely not" do anything to students at Liberty if they booed Trump or turned their backs on him, like graduates did to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during her commencement speech this week at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college.

Trump is delivering his first commencement speech as president at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. "As long as I'm your president, no one is going to stop you from practicing your faith or preaching what's in your faith", Trump said.

But they had a mixed response to an executive order on religious liberty that Trump signed last week. Jerry -Auburn? I don't know about that, Jerry.

"We don't need a lecture from Washington, D.C., on how to lead our lives", Trump said. Trump mentioned none of this in his speech, instead boasting of his accomplishments and congratulating graduates on their "totally brilliant future". 'The Johnson Amendment was never used against the Ivy League schools when they, all the time, supported one candidate over another.and so now at least it levels the playing field'.

Although the protesters say that they will not be "disrupting the graduation in any way, shape, or form", and are "simply exercising our First Amendment right to free speech", some students are still anxious that their plans will disrupt the ceremony.

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