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Security key issue for Fayetteville as Trump takes office

Posted January 18

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— Two days before Donald Trump is inaugurated as president, the talk in the Hamont Barber Shop in Fayetteville on Wednesday turned to security – both for the local community and the nation.

"The military and the police are the ones who protect us, and I think, as a general rule, a lot of people don't feel right now we're headed in the right direction in either case," Donnie Phillips said.

Across town at Trimmerz, barber William McKoy watched President Barack Obama's last press conference and wondered about job growth in the coming years.

"They can't just sit back and wait on Trump," McKoy said. "You got to get out here and grind every day. If you've got a family, you've got to get up and grind every day."

Several people stopped by the Airborne and Special Operations Museum to watch a crew set up for the NBC Nightly News, which was broadcasting from Fayetteville as part of anchor Lester Holt's cross-country tour leading up to the inauguration.

Fred Coburn, a Vietnam veteran, said he wants one thing from the new president.

"If President-elect Trump does what he says he's going to do for the military, I'm all for it, brother," Coburn said.

Holt, who broadcast from California on Monday and Michigan on Tuesday, said he wanted to focus on national security and health care in his Fayetteville visit. He said people everywhere are worried about Trump's unknowns.

"He has made a lot of big commitments that he's yet to explain in detail," Holt said. "How to replace 'Obamacare?' When that will be replaced? Will there be insurance for everyone?"

Ashantee Dawson, who is taking online college courses through the University of Phoenix, said she's hoping for the best under the new administration.

"Regardless of who is the elected president," Dawson said, "there might be some possibility for change for us, but that's more of where the faith comes in."

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