Obama condemned for not properly dealing with Isis

Obama says efforts to destroy Isis will continue but politicians shouldn’t call on people to retreat.

US President Barack Obama. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - While US President Barack Obama says terrorist group Isis does not pose an existential threat to America, his political opponents have criticised him for failing to address a growing danger.

After seven years in power, Obama delivered his final State of the Union address praising his country's military and economy, calling for bold innovation and dismissing divisive politics.

He says efforts to destroy Isis will continue but politicians should not call on people to retreat into tribes or discriminate based on race or religion.

"Masses of fighters on the back of pickup trucks, twisted souls plotting in apartments or garages, they pose an enormous danger to civilians. They have to be stopped but they don't threaten our national existence."

But republican Nikki Haley says Obama has fallen short on many of his promises.

"We are facing the most dangerous terrorist threat our nation has seen since September 11th and this president seems unwilling to deal with it."