President Donald Trump on Saturday is set to deliver the commencement address – his first as president – to Liberty University, the nation’s largest Christian college, where he is expected to find to a friendly audience after a week of turmoil in Washington.
The president largely has stayed out of public view since Tuesday, making only a few, brief public appearances after he took the highly unusual and fraught step of firing James Comey as FBI director on Tuesday.when he removed the head of the agency investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 election, along with possible ties between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.
Trump lashed out at Comey on Friday, tweeting that Comey
“better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
Trump has spoken at Liberty University before. He courted Christians there in January 2016 with a speech that drew laughs from some in the audience when referred to one of the Bible's books as "Two Corinthians" instead of the more common "Second Corinthians." In that speech, Trump promised: "We're going to protect Christianity, and I can say that. I don't have to be politically correct."
Trump will encourage students to "be a force for good in the world by standing up for the values that Liberty has taught them," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said
Recently chose U.S. presidents regularly give their first initiation addresses at the University of Notre Dame, the nation's best-known Roman Catholic school.
Presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George W. Hedge did as such amid their first year in office. However, this year, Vice President Mike Pence will talk at Notre Dame's graduation, turning into the main VP to do as such.
University spokesman Paul Browne declined to say whether Trump had been invited to the May 21 ceremony, saying it was against school policy to reveal who had turned down offers.