WASHINGTON — In a rare Oval Office address, President Barack Obama vowed Sunday night the United States would overcome a new terror threat that seeks to “poison the minds” of people here and around the world, as he sought to reassure Americans shaken by recent attacks in Paris and California.
But the president misspoke when he said that the female assailant in the San Bernardino shootings, Tashfeen Malik, came to the United States under the visa waiver program.
In a prime-time televised address, Obama said he has “ordered the departments of State and Homeland Security to review the visa waiver program under which the female terrorist in San Bernardino originally came to this country.”
Malik came to the U.S. on a K-1 visa, known as a “fiancée visa,” when she moved to the United States to marry Syed Farook, her husband and accomplice in the massacre in the Southern California city last week.
The White House has acknowledged the error.