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Onlooker says 'it's awesome' to see Trump land at Fort Benning

Onlooker says 'it's awesome' to see Trump land at Fort Benning

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President Trump visits Lee County

President Donald Trump arrives to and departs from Fort Benning on his way to Lee County on Friday. (Justin Lee/jlee@oanow.com)

President Donald Trump stopped to wave to onlookers and supporters as he stepped off Air Force One and made his way to Marine One.

Trump switched from the presidential plane to helicopter at Fort Benning on Friday morning on his way to visit tornado-ravaged Lee County, traveling by helicopter to the Auburn University Regional Airport and making his way to Beauregard and affected areas.

Politicians, uniformed personnel and their families watched Trump’s arrival and departure from the Lawson Army Airfield on base.

Among those politicians were Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill.

For several uniformed personnel, including Dennis Ledrillono of the U.S. Army, it was the first time seeing a sitting president in person.

“I think it’s a pretty awesome experience just to see him get off the plane and transfer over to Marine One,” said Ledrillono. “For him to come to Fort Benning, it’s awesome, it’s great.”

Stepping off the plane with Trump was First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron.

Alongside the Trumps were Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.

Congressmen from Alabama U.S. Senator Richard Shelby and U.S. Representative Mike Rogers were also flying with Trump on Air Force One, the White House said.

Trump’s visit to Alabama came after a fatal EF-4 tornado ripped through Lee County on Sunday, killing 23.

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