President Obama gave his final planned address on national security Tuesday, in which he sought to defend his legacy in the war on terrorism. During his presidency, President Obama has bombed seven countries and has vastly expanded the drone program. Many human rights activists have criticized Obama’s policies, particularly his drone war, as being an expansion and legalization of President George W. Bush’s policies. During the speech, Obama also called for the closure of the military prison at Guantánamo Bay—a campaign promise he made more than eight years ago that his administration has failed to fulfill. Obama also sought to push back on some of Donald Trump’s proposals, which have included resurrecting the registry for immigrants from majority-Muslim nations, which was implemented after 9/11. This is President Obama, speaking at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.
President Barack Obama: “The United States of America is not a country that imposes religious tests as a price for freedom. We’re a country that was founded so that people could practice their faiths as they choose. The United States of America is not a place where some citizens have to withstand greater scrutiny or carry a special ID card or prove that they’re not an enemy from within. We’re a country that has bled and struggled and sacrificed against that kind of discrimination and arbitrary rule, here in our own country and around the world.”