HARI SREENIVASAN:In a Facebook posting, Malik had declared her allegiance to ISIS. She emigrated to the U.S. last year on a visa granted to fiancees of U.S. citizens.
Joining me now from Washington to discuss the president's address is Wall Street Journal White House reporter Carol Lee.
So, has the White House given any ideas of what they're planning to talk about tonight?
CAROL LEE, The Wall Street Journal: They have.
Essentially, the president is going to try to do three things. The first and what his top priority is, is to reassure the nation that he is taking steps to address terrorism threats here at home.
He will outline what the administration sees as sort of the evolution of terrorism threats here in the U.S., and — and try the accentuate different areas of where he is ramping up national security measures in the homeland, and call on Congress in particular to take additional steps to — what he would — what he believes is — would further secure the U.S., in terms of passing legislation, for instance, that would block anyone who's on a no-fly list from being able to purchase a gun.
The second thing he's going to do is talk about his strategy, the military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and what he is doing to intensify the different elements of that, whether it's sending special operations forces into Syria, increasing cooperation with members of the coalition, including France, and the U.K. and Germany.
And then, also, he will accentuate this diplomatic track, which is an ongoing effort to try to come to some sort of political resolution to the conflict in Syria.
And, third, I think you will hear him talk about how the country can also assist in this effort to combat terrorism here in the U.S. And that means by being vigilant and reporting things when people see situations that maybe seem suspicious, and also by not taking steps that he believes would alienate Muslim Americans.
HARI SREENIVASAN: So, is this a shift in strategy in some ways? I mean, we can check shoes as much as we want at airports, and that wouldn't have helped find these two individuals in San Bernardino.
CAROL LEE: Right.
You're not going to hear the president outline some big dramatic shift in his strategy, either at home or in the Islamic State fight overseas. There are — there are ongoing discussions in the administration about how they actually go about tackling this new threat.
When you have a situation where the president of the United States said a couple of weeks ago that there was no credible threat against the United States, and then you see what happens in San Bernardino, and so that is all signals that this is a new era, this is a different phase, this is a different kind of threat that they're dealing with.
And so there are discussions about how to deal with that and whether the approach that they have right now is comprehensive enough to taking — to be able to address those types of threats. And so that's an ongoing discussion.
You may see some different steps taken by the administration here and there going forward, but, tonight, he's not going to outline some big change in his strategy, either in the overseas — campaign overseas against the Islamic State or here at home, but more to just reassure the Americans that he's on top of this, that he's being vigilant, and he's taking every step that he can to try to prevent something like what happened in California from happening again.
HARI SREENIVASAN: All right, Carol Lee of The Wall Street Journal joining us in Washington, thanks so much.
CAROL LEE: Thank you.