Trump: ‘In America we don’t worship government, we worship God’ – The Hill
Speaking to a friendly crowd at the country’s largest Christian university on Saturday, President Trump told the graduating class that “in America, we donât worship government, we worship God.â
âAmerica has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true believers,â Trump told those gathered at Liberty University.
âWhen the pilgrims landed at Plymouth, they prayed. When the founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, they invoked our creator four times. Because in America, we donât worship government, we worship God.â
“It is why our currency proudly declares, ‘In God We Trust,'” Trump continued. “And it is why we proudly proclaim that we are one nation, under God, every time we say the Pledge of Allegiance.”Trumpâs speech on Saturday was his first commencement address as president.
Trump noted that worshipping God is âwhy our elected officials put their hands on the Bible and say âso help me Godâ as they take the oath of office.â
His remarks at the evangelical school come after days of swirling controversy over his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.
As part of the controversy, The New York Times reported that Trump in late January demanded Comey pledge his loyalty to him. Comey reportedly refused, saying he would pledge to be honest with the president.
Comey was leading the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, including possible collusion between Moscow and Trump’s campaign, before he was fired.
In an interview with Fox Newsâs Jeanine Pirro released Friday, Trump denied that he demanded the ousted FBI chief’s loyalty, but said he did not find such a request “inappropriate.”
“I donât think itâs inappropriate, number one,” Trump told Pirro. “I donât think it would be a bad question to ask. I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the United States is important.”