Obama Says US 'Breaking the Back' of ISIS

The president trumpeted his national security record.

"No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland. And it's not because they didn't try," he said, pointing to the intelligence gathered at MacDill.

Obama said staying "true to our laws" strengthens America and prohibiting torture like waterboarding has not decreased intelligence gathering.

"We prohibited torture," he said. "And at no time has anybody who has worked with me told me that doing so has cost us good intelligence."

The president also criticized the notion of a religious test in America and labeling ISIS as representative of all Muslims, which Trump has done on the campaign trail and as president-elect.

"Let my final words to you as commander in chief remind you of what you are fighting for, what it is that we are fighting for," he continued. "The United States of America doesn't impose religious tests as the price for freedom. We are a country that was founded so they could practice their faiths as they choose."

"We are a nation that believes freedom can never be taken for granted," he added. "A society that is open and free that can criticize a president without retribution."