By TIME Staff
December 6, 2016

President Obama gave what is expected to be the final national security speech of his tenure on Tuesday, discussing his administration’s accomplishments in spheres like battling al Qaeda and killing Osama bin Laden, as well as counterterrorism recommendations for the ongoing struggle against ISIS and other extremist groups.

“While we have made it much more difficult to carry out an attack approaching the scale of 9/11,” he said, “we face a threat that will endure.” Nevertheless, he urged open-mindedness toward those fleeing from conflict zones, arguing, “we need to help refugees who escaped the horrors of war in search of a better life.”

Read the full text of his speech below:

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