By Matthew Orso
President Obama believes the United States is at war with terrorists, but would not go as far to say the country is at war with radical Islam in his Oval Office address Sunday evening.
The address came in response to the terrorist attack in California last week where a Muslim couple, Syrf and Tashfeen Farrook, opened fire and killed 14 people and injured 21 others at a holiday party.
“This was an act of terrorism, designed to kill innocent people,” Obama said in his 13 minute address to the nation.
The President said there is no evidence to suggest the couple were part of a larger terrorist cell. He also reiterated the success of the international collation in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“We are cooperating with Muslim majority countries and with our Muslim communities here at home to counter the vicious ideology that ISIL promotes online,” said Obama.
The president also called for stricter gun laws and asked Congress to act quickly.
“We also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons, like the ones that were used in San Bernardino,” he said.
Critics of the president voiced their complaints about his Oval Office address.
“Well, Obama refused to say, he just can’t say it, that we are at war with Radical Islamic Terrorists!” said GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on twitter Sunday night.
Texas Sen. and GOP candidate Ted Cruz also went after Obama’s immigration policy and vowed to take a stronger stance against terrorism.
“If I am elected President, I will direct the Department of Defense to destroy ISIS and I will shut down the broken immigration system that is letting jihadists into our country,” Cruz posted on the twitter Sunday night. “Nothing President Obama said tonight will assist in either case.”