KELLY: OK. So good jokes aside, did President Trump otherwise deliver the, you know - the standard, embrace-your-dreams message to this graduating class?
Donald Trump thanked conservative Christians for their votes, and promised to protect their values in his first commencement address as president, at evangelical stronghold Liberty University.
"But here we are celebrating together on this very joyous occasion", Trump said to the crowd. Trump has made bad decision after bad decision during his brief time as president, and he has done so because he listens to no one.
Trump also praised the military for its battle against the Islamic State and referred at one point to his recent executive order on religious freedom. "That is why a crucial part of Reverend Falwell's vision for making Liberty a world-class institution was having a world-class football team, much like the great teams of Notre Dame - great school, great place".
Liberty is a Christian university founded in 1971 by pastor and conservative activist Jerry Falwell.
"What will you give back to this country, and indeed, to the world?"
Trump didn't mention the fallout over Comey's firing in his remarks to graduates of Liberty University, a Christian school whose leader was one of Trump's earliest and most outspoken supporters during the campaign.
"As long as you have pride in your beliefs, courage in your convictions, and faith in your God, then you will not fail", he said to applause.
Trump took to Twitter on Friday to blast critics, threatening to leak "tapes" of his conversations with Comey and suggesting he may cancel future White House press briefings in retaliation over days of mixed messages emerging over his decision to dismiss the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
But 81 percent of white evangelical voters cast their ballots for Trump in November, buoyed by his campaign promises to safeguard their religious liberties in a country where they often feel that their rights to express their faith - at work in the public square - have come under attack. "All I want is for Comey to be honest and I hope he will be and I'm sure he will be, I hope".
Trump had earlier criticized Comey as a "showboat" and a "grandstander", and the president's warning prompted new accusations of interference with the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. The White House dispatched Vice President Mike Pence to the Notre Dame commencement Saturday.
Mr. Trump marveled at the 50,000 people, a record commencement crowd for the school, fanned out across the campus's stadium.
Trump advised the graduates to "never quit" and to carry themselves with "dignity and pride".
The president also told the students to be leery of government.