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Obama to visit San Bernardino on Friday on his way to Hawaii

Obama to visit San Bernardino on Friday on his way to Hawaii

By Jordan Fabian for The Hill

President Obama will travel to San Bernardino, Calif., on Friday to meet with families of the victims of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, the White House said.


Obama is stopping in the Southern California city, where 14 people were killed, on the way to his annual Christmas vacation in Hawaii.

Press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday the president will “visit privately” with the families. Media access is not expected to be granted, Earnest said, and there are no plans for Obama to deliver a speech.

The president has spent this week trying to show the public he has a handle on the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) at home and abroad.

Public fears about the threat of terrorism around the holidays have spiked following the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.

Friday’s visit is a chance for Obama to convey sympathy to the families of the victims of the shooting at the Inland Regional Center.

The president has faced criticism that he has struck the wrong tone in response to the attacks; focusing too heavily on the issue of gun control and not speaking out forcefully enough against radical Islamic extremism.

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