U.S. President Barack Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday to discuss the threat of terrorism, the White House says.
“President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office about the steps our government is taking to fulfill his highest priority: keeping the American people safe,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. “The President will provide an update on the ongoing investigation into the tragic attack in San Bernardino. 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 added in a statement that Obama will “reiterate his firm conviction that ISIL 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 address to the nation will come less than a week after two suspected Islamic State (ISIS) supporters carried out a shooting attack on a social service facility in San Bernardino, killing 14 people and injuring 21 others. It will mark Obama’s first address to the nation from the Oval Office since August 2010, when Obama announced an end to U.S. combat operations in Iraq.
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