Sunday, December 6, 2015

Obama To Discuss ISIS And Homeland Security In Rare Oval Office Address

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the president is also going to ask Congress to consider new gun control measures.

Obama delivers a televised national address from the Oval Office in 2010.

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For just the third time in his presidency, Barack Obama is scheduled to address the nation in a televised address from the Oval Office at 8 p.m. ET Sunday night.

According to Josh Earnest, White House press secretary, the speech will touch on the recent deadly attack in San Bernardino, California, as well as steps being taken to fight ISIS

"The president will also discuss the broader threat of terrorism, including the nature of the threat, how it has evolved, and how we will defeat it," Earnest said in a statement to reporters on Saturday evening. "He will reiterate his firm conviction that [ISIS] will be destroyed and that the United States must draw upon our values — our unwavering commitment to justice, equality and freedom — to prevail over terrorist groups that use violence to advance a destructive ideology."

The speech comes after 14 people were killed in San Bernardino by two Muslim suspects who officials believe had become radicalized. Additionally, after last month's deadly terror attacks by ISIS in Paris, Obama reiterated his commitment to defeating Islamic fundamentalist terrorists.

On Saturday, the White House said intelligence officials had not uncovered any indication the suspected San Bernardino killers "were part of an organized group or formed part of a broader terrorist cell."

However, the shooting in San Bernardino, as well as a number of deadly mass shootings in the U.S. this year, have also reignited calls for tougher gun control measures.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch told NBC's Meet the Press earlier on Sunday that she expected the president to ask Congress to "review measures and take action." Her staff later told the network she was referring to measures on gun control.

"What you're going to hear from him is a discussion about what government is doing to ensure all of our highest priority — the protection of the American people," Lynch said.


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