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it's the 11:00 eastern hour. newsroom starts right now. to some a hero, to others a tyrant. former cuban leader fidel castro is dead at the age of 90. and reactions are pouring in from around the world. president obama has just issued this formal statement saying we know that this moment fills cubans in cuba and in the united states with powerful emotions. history will record and judge the enormous impact of the singular figure on the people and world around him. those powerful emotions on display in havana with castro supporters are mourning. >> translator: the cuban people is feeling sad because of the loss of our commander in chief, fidel castro. and we wish him wherever he is that he is blessed. and us cubans, love him. >> but in miami, the heart of the cuban exiled community
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celebrations broke out in the streets there. some say his death will close a dark chapter of cuba's history. and although castro lived long enough to see the historic thaw in cuban u.s. relations, he was defiant and mistrusting of the u.s. and steadfast in his communist beliefs. we'll talk about the political implications in just a moment. we have a team of reporters covering this from havana cuba to little havana miami. let's begin with chris moody. you have spoken to a number of cuban exiles who fled the country so many years ago. what has been the reaction there? >> reporter: there may be displays of mourning in havana but here there's been celebration since darkness earlier this morning. about 2:00 in the morning, people began pouring into the streets with pots and pans, with noisemakers, having impromptu parades. they're still out here today.
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you notice i'm standing in the middle of the street. police have blocked off the roads because people are pouring in and they feel it's safer to let them come through. i've spoken to a lot of people today, cuban exiles and their families who expressed why they're celebrating when someone has died. take a listen and let them explain themselves. >> well, we are here because we are celebrating the future freedom of cuba. we believe that after this moment, many things are going to change in cuba. and also we are in such a happiness because we are also celebrating all those people who have give their lives and are not here today. my parents could not see this moment. for them it would be a very happy moment. >> reporter: now, many people we've spoken to realize that the death of fidel castro is not going to mean a complete change
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in the government. but they are, obviously, hopeful for the future and their former homeland. where many of them still have family, president obama has opened diplomatic relaetionship and travel. we'll be speaking to more people here in little havana about the death of fidel castro. >> chris moody in miami, thank you so much. president elect donald trump says that he will help cuba move toward prosperity, liberty as well. ryan nobles joining us now from outside trump's mar-a-lago resort there in palm beach. so trump is later in the weekend to have meetings in new york, but for now he has released a statement. what more is he saying about castro and what potentially could be next between the u.s. and cuba? >> reporter: we got the statement in just a few minutes ago. it is much more than what trump said this morning in a one
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sentence tweet where he said fidel castro is dead. i want to read one paragraph for you. while cuba remains a totalitarian island it's my hope they move away from the horrors endured for too long and to a future in which the cuban people finally live in the freedom they richly deserve. donald trump has been critical of the castro regime throughout his campaign. he's been very critical of that deal that president obama struck to normalize relations between cuba and the united states. but that doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't think that the u.s. and cuba should move toward more normal relations. he jus doesn't think the deal that president obama struck goes far enough. and in this statement, what's revealing is that trump does not mince words about his feelings about castro as a leader. he calls him a brutal dictator and talked about the firing squads during castro's reign.
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so it's clear this is going to be one of the things we need to keep an eye on in the early days of the trump administration. how does he handle this relationship with cuba? because these executive orders were put in without congressional approval. which means that trump, as president, does have the power to roll all of them back if he chooses. >> all right. ryan nobles, thank you so much in palm beach. the u.s. and cuba recently began restoring ties. the two countries reopening embassies in each nation's couple capital in july of last year. that was followed by a meeting earlier this year between president obama and president rau rau raul castro. suzanne malveaux is in washington, d.c. what more is the president saying about his hopes for the continuation of u.s. and cuban relations? >> this is a critical time for u.s. cuban relations.
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it's a major signature achievement, foreign policy achievement for president obama. it is something he would like to see move forward in the years to come. they are not that optimistic. butita they are hoping a normalization with cuba will exist. i'm going to read part of a statement in which the president releases within the hour. for nearly six decades the relationship between the united states and cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. during my presidency we worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences, but by the many things we share as neighbors and friends. bonds of family, culture, commerce and common humanity. one of the things that the president very much believes here is if you have people to people contact, direct contact that is something that will allow the country, cuba, to open up politically as well as economically. the freedoms of those people in the country. that's why for his policy, what
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he put forward through executive orders is that direct contact. making it easier for direct flights, for mail, are for money exchange. for businesses to actually promote their businesses inside of the country. one of the main concerns that the obama administration has and it has been cited before is because this was done through regulations that were easing some of those restrictions and also executive orders, it can all be undone by president elect donald trump. so everybody is taking a look to see what he really believes. the other thing too is that trade embargo is very much in place. that will require an act of congress, a republican congress, if they're going to change that. and so far, that's not very likely, fred. >> all right. suzanne malveaux, thank you so much. still ahead, president elect trump has threatened to tear apart president obama's efforts to restore ties between the u.s. and cuba. does that feeling remain? we'll ask the experts.
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the death of fidel castro means there could be another change to the relationship between the u.s. and cuba. cold war tensions only recently began to thaw. just last year, the u.s. flag was raised above the american embassy in havana for the first time since 1961. the obama administration restored diplomatic relations in 2015. obama loosened on u.s. companies selling their products in cuba. on the campaign trail of president elect donald trump, criticized the deal promising to roll it back by executive order. let's discuss all of this with my next two guests, josh rogen
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and former cnn moscow bureau chief and foreign affairs correspondent jill doherty. i want you to hear what president obama and president elect donald trump have said about u.s. ties to cuba. >> many people on both sides have asked why now? why now? there is one simple answer. what the united states was doing was not working. we have to have the courage to acknowledge that truth. a policy of isolation designed for the cold war made little sense in the 21st century. >> all of the concessions that barack obama has granted the castro regime, were done through executive order. which means the next president can reverse them. and that, i will do, unless the castro regime meets our demands.
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not my demands, our demands. >> so, jill, among the demands that donald trump, president elect donald trump has mentioned, he says the release of political prisoners. but do you see that there will be a potential continuation of what obama has set forth, or do you see there would be, indeed, a rollback as donald trump on the campaign trail threatened to do? >> well, i think trump has two different things going on. one is he has said he will basically talk with anybody. he would talk with kim jong-un, the leader of north korea. he would talk with vladmir putin. and so conceivably he would be open to better relations. he said that in that statement you just heard. he also has the part of the republican party, which traditionally has been quite
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anti-castro, anti-policy of the cuban government. and so i think you have both of those factors playing against each other. how he'll come out is a question. judging by this comment that he made or the statement, it would sound like he's open to some type of continuation, i think we have to define, you know, what exactly would he want the cubans to do differently. >> and josh, how do you see a president elect trump kind of reevaluating his stance, especially considering raul castro has been described as a very different castro and now upon the death of fidel castro with him in power in 2018 the potential of a new cuba may be on the horizon. >> what any incoming administration would have to do is first take a look at the situation and realize the united states cannot control events in cuba. that's the part of what president obama said. that was absolutely correct. these are going to be cuban
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events determined by mostly the cuban people. now what we can do is control our reactions to these events. what president obama was trying to do was he was trying to shift u.s. policy toward cuba, slowly but surely in the direction of opening. and this was done mostly through executive action. and because it was done mostly through executive action donald trump has the ability as president to reverse those executive actions. i don't think he's determined whether or not he's going to do that. i think he knows who his secretary of state is going to be, his leader for latin american policy is going to be. all of these things are yet to be determined. in a sense that's a good thing. it gives time for this situation to play out in cuba without the united states stepping in and feeling they can overinfluence the outcome one way or the other. >> do you believe the selection of a secretary of state greatly would influence how a trump administration would move forward on these relation? we know the names that have been
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tossed around from, you know, mitt romney too, rudy guiliani and now even congressman dana warbacher. how do you see a selection helping to dictate the direction the u.s. would go as it relates to cuba under this administration. >> there's a large wing of the republican party in that camp we can put people like senator marco rubio from florida, who believed not that only with any further opening of u.s. policy toward cuba detract from our ability to pressure them to make political reform and human rights. that we should return to a policy of isolation, right. if you look at people in that camp, somebody like mitt romney would tend to agree with that. somebody who comes from the outside of that portion of the hawkish foreign policy part of the republican party, let's say a david petraeus, might be more open to more creative solutions. that does make a difference. you know, the other thing is that underneath the top level, you have this whole bureaucracy. if you talk to obama
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administration officials they'll say they have a lot of problem moving the bureaucracy in opening up cuba, that means travel and tourism regulations, how businesses can conduct themselves in cuba. licenses. all of these things are done by bureaucrats. whoever the heads will be, has a big effect has influence. i think a lot of this is left to be determined. >> we'll leave it there. hope to have you back to talk about the reaction there in moscow, jill, on the news of fidel castro's death. i'll talk to you soon on that. coming up, trump tower is one of the world's best known addresses and that's considering huge security issues. rachel crane joins me from new york. >> the secret service considering renting an entire floor in from tower. the staggering price tag to taxpayers after the break. let's just get a sandwich or something. "or something"?
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protecting president elect donald trump, well, it continues to be quite extraordinary and very costly and a real challenge. and part of that is because trump's family doesn't have an ordinary address, fifth avenue in new york.
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the u.s. secret service may be renting out an entire floor at trump tower. the midtown manhattan epicenter of trump's business and family life. let's bring in rachel crane in new york. these are very unique security challenges. how will a decision be rendered here? >> reporter: the price tag to rent that floor in trump tower would be a whopping $1.5 million per year. this, of course, is raising a lot of questions surrounding conflict of interest. that's because the trump organization actually owns trump tower. so the taxpayer dollars would be going back to the trump organization and we know that trump's children are set to take over the organization once he becomes president. we break this all down for you, take a listen. >> they are fantastic people, so i want to thank the secret service. >> reporter: 725 fifth avenue, also known as trump tower, might be getting a new tenant.
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the secret service. a law enforcement official tells cnn that the secret service is considering renting a whole floor of the famed tower in order to establish a 24/7 command post, insuring the safety of the future first family. who won't all be moving to the white house in january. melania and their 10-year-old son, barron, will continue to live in trump tower. when asked about the timing of their move, trump said this. >> very soon right after he finished school. >> reporter: regardless of when they relocate, the command post at trump tower won't be cheap. the going price for the space? around $1.5 million per year. the price tag is striking. but it's not just the cost that's raising eye brows. the trump organization owns trump tower. so taxpayers would be paying the president elect for his own security. officials tell cnn security plans are still evolving since many things are up in the air. like when the future first
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family will move to the white house and how often the president elect plans to visit them in the meantime. believe it or not, despite that $1.5 million price tag, this could actually be the cheaper alternative. because the secret service would have to rent hotel rooms if in the area and being in midtown manhattan, of course, hotel rooms are not cheap. that's if they did not rent this floor in trump tower. his security detail, of course, involves the nypd. it's been costing the city over a million dollars a day according to some sources to keep that area secure. fred? >> then it seems like the really important dilemma is going to be is it the conflict of interest that is protected or is it the price tag that has to be protected? how will a decision be rendered about what's the priority here? >> reporter: well as i pointed out in the piece there, a lot of questions still surrounding all
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of this. it's unclear when melania and barron will be moving to the white house. and, of course, that would impact how much security would be permanent at trump tower. a lot of these details will be ironed out in the coming future. >> rachel crane, thanks so much in new york, appreciate it. thousands of cuban americans called fidel castro a dictator. still ahead, how his death could affect not just relations with the u.s., but possibly russia and other countries. we'll ask our panel of cuba watchers. i really did save hundreds of dollars on my car insurance with geico. i should take a closer look at geico... geico has a long history of great savings and great service. over seventy-five years. wait. seventy-five years? that is great. speaking of great, check out these hot riffs. you like smash mouth? uh, yeah i have an early day tomorrow so... wait. almost there. goodnight, bruce. gotta tune the "a." (humming) take a closer look at geico.
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hello again, welcome back i'm fredricka whitfield e. world has travelled the death of former cuban leader fidel castro. now the world is reacting. boris johnson, the uk's foreign secretary call td ted it the beginning of a new era.
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in russia, the kremlin sent official condolences to the cuban people and president vladmir putin praised castro for building a free and independent cuba. and in china, the president said castro was a great leader and hailed his achievements for the development of world socialism. patrick oppmann is the only u.s. television correspondent in cuba. he joins us from havana. what kind of reaction are you getting from people there in havana? >> reporter: cuba is now officially in a state of mourning that will continue for nine days. that means last night after the news broke, bars and night clubs were shuttered. this morning, i heard that from his son and manager that a famed
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tenor was set to give a concert. that was canceled. it's a very different atmosphere than miami. a somber atmosphere. let's walk through what's going to happen. so throughout the weekend there will be this kind of very somber atmosphere. starting monday we suspect that fidel castro's ashes, he asked to be cremated will be displayed in the museum of the revolution square here. and tens of thousands of people will walk by that -- those ashes to pay respects to him. and those ashes will be transported 700 miles from where i am. he will be buried on december 4th. so quite a schedule to go here. of course, cubans not sure what comes after that. in the immediate future, is cuba will put on a funeral to mark
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the passing of this controversial icon. >> patrick oppmann thank you so much. let's talk more about thiswi wi my panel. good to see both of you. >> good to be here. >> so i wonder, as we hear these sentiments coming from leaders around the world, from russia, china and india, is it your feeling that particularly in these days of mourning in cuba there might be visits from those leaders who are expressing compassion on the passing of castro? >> well, we don't have, i think, all the details yet on the funeral arrangements. we'll see if there will be one opportunity in which foreign leaders may attend. i anticipate there will be a significant number of foreign delegations and leaders attending this funeral. fidel castro was an iconic
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person. and what has been called the third world, he has supported many governments around the world. he has headed a revolutionary movement that had a great impact on the world. i think we'll see a lot of foreign leaders, if there is one occasion in which there will be a funeral, that they will be attending. i'm sure that would be the case. >> how do you see this as a complicated endeavor for the u.s. in terms of its positioning? you heard president obama in his statement who expressed a real understanding for cubans on both sides and wishing both sides well. at the same time, in trump's statement, he took more of the approach of a characterizing fidel castro in his totalitarian rule. but moving forward, how does this further complicate things for these u.s. cuban relations
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that have thawed? >> well, i think the obama administration's goal by opening up cuba was the hope that this will somehow liberalize the regime. cuba will be on a path to a pro market orientation, less hostile to the united states and eventually fall into a kind of pro western orbit. you can say this is wishful thinking or utopianism. i think it was a bit wishy-washy not enough on the human rights abuses. castro's pro soviet tilt, which nearly brought the united states to the brink of world war iii in the 1960's. he was careful to address his remarks to the cuban people and said history is going to judge the man frm. for obama this is part of his legacy. president obama came to office
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promising this. he said we're not in the cold war, although the irony of history being with the passing of fidel castro in many ways one of the most iconic surviving actors of the cold war, the united states does indeed find itself in russian relations not seen since the collapse of communism. this is one of those unexpected turns of events i think as obama leaves office. >> and is it your feeling that people have a clear understanding of who raul castro is? he's been operating in had shadows of his brother. now that fidel castro has passed. do you feel the real raul castro will emerge? >> well, i think he's going to keep in place the basic outlines
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of the system he and his brother created. i think that's a system that for which they have gotten -- they brought the cuban people into solidarity with that system. i think the basic outlines will stay. some people believe with the death of fidel castro that the government will show a certain flexibility in market reforms and a number of other things. that remains to be seen. you have to see the other side of this, however. which is that there is a u.s. administration coming in that has essentially been talking tough on cuba. the pattern, both when ronald reagan was elected and when george w. bush was elected was for the cuban government in the face of what might be an unfriendly administration might retrench. and i think that they're going to not move very quickly on anymore reforms. no matter what president trump depends. what president elect trump has been talking about he'll do as
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president, that those have been demands the u.s. government has had a for a very long time. these are 11 u.s. presidents fidel castro has lived through. they've been demanding human rights, release of political prisoners, all the things president elect trump believes he can get the cubans to do. they haven't done. there's no reason to believe they're now going to do something different than that. >> all right, thank you so much, gentlemen, appreciate it. and then we just received this statement from u.s. secretary of state john kerry on the death of fidel castro. kerry saying this, as our two countries continue to move forward on the process of normalization restoring the economic, diplomatic and cultural ties severed by a troubled past, we do so in a spirit of friendship and with an earnest desire not to ignore history but to write a new and better future for our two
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peoples. that from john kerry. and we'll be right back.
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federal election commission to be the white house counsel. here is more from cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: we've got new insights into president elect's trump's more controversial lawsuits and why he's been involved in so many of them. it has to do with a bare knuckle bravado he picked up 40 years ago who told a young donald trump when in doubt, fight them in court. >> i moved on her -- >> reporter: the access hollywood tape and the barrage of accusations from a dozen women of sexual misconduct didn't humble donald trump. >> the events never happened. never. all of these liars will be sued after the election. sgl >> reporter: trump has threatened to sue nbc and t"the new york times". >> donald trump loves to sue and he loves to threaten to sue because it scares people.
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threatening to sue people and run up their legal bills is terrifying. that's a tactic he's used. i can threaten to sue you. i have more lawyers than you do. >> reporter: according to an analysis by usa today, at least 70 lawsuits involving the president elect are still open. and overall, he's been involved in more than 4,000 lawsuits. the general counsel for the trump organization tells cnn those numbers are exaggerated. no where near accurate. trump did just settle three class action suits over claims of fraud at trump university for $25 million. trump's bare knuckle legal philosophy goes back to the early 1970's the justice department was suing trump, his father, fred, and their company for allegedly discriminating against minorities. around that time donald trump had a first meeting with a new york legend. >> donald trump went to a night club in manhattan where he happened to meet roy cune,
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famous for having defended senator joseph mccarthy in the 1950's. >> reporter: roy cune was a battler. his message to trump in that nightclub conversation, tell the government to go to hell. >> in that first meeting he laid out for him his philosophy of how to fight back in a lawsuit, how to fight back against a federal investigation. that was to hit back ten times harder. >> reporter: if trump sues the women who accused him, analysts say his legal claims are debatable, potential pit falls, numerous. >> what about the depositions? it's one thing to sue, then you have to defend. he's going to have to answer questions. >> reporter: it could lead to something politically dangerous for donald trump as his presidency leaves the gate. >> bill clinton got into litigation with paula jones regarding things that happened when he was governor of arkansas. and that ultimately as a result of statements he made under oath, led to impeachment charges
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being brought against him. that's a good example for mr. trump to look at. >> reporter: will donald trump follow through on his threat to sue nearly a dozen women who have accused him of sexual misconduct? the general counsel of the trump organization told me the president elect is focussed on running the country. pursuing his political agenda and removing distractiodistract. brian todd cnn. still ahead, mar-a-lago and the challenges ahead in securing that for president elect donald trump. we have a behind scenes look at how the compound could be protected.
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all right. welcome back. it's already the new reality on new york's fifth avenue. traffic slowed to a crawl because of trump tower, president elect donald trump's home and office and securing that infrastructure is costing taxpayers a lot of money. new york residents say it's costing them a lot of headache. what about the sprawling mar-a-lago beach compound in florida? cnn's . >> reporter: palm beach might be the kind of town that is used to what comes with all the glitz and glamour, but residents will have to start getting used to new neighbors, all of the officers that come with the
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presidential security detail. protecting president-elect donald trump is a challenge unlike any other. from trump tower in new york to his private club in florida. so we're approaching mar-a-lago, a 20 ager waterfront estate in palm beach, secluded from the public, but hes shares it with as many as 500 members willing to pay $100,000 to join. >> basically it's a compound. we have to treat it as such. >> reporter: form er secret service agent says in many ways it's ready made for for presidential security. >> behind this natural barrier here -- >> there is a wall back there. a tall wall. >> it's more than 13 feet, i believe, which is great for deterring anyone trying to come on the premises. >> reporter: behind the wall, trump keeps a residence that
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could become the winter white house. >> i love florida. this is my second home. >> reporter: where presidents spend their vacations is a window into their pin alities. george w. bush liked to intend the hottest month on his ranch in texas. >> a wonderful spot to come up in here and think about the budget. >> reporter: george bush senior famously enjoyed the peaceful a repity of kennebunkport maine. mar-a-lago stretches across a barrier island cut down the middle by a two lane road nestled between a stunning stream of multimillion-dollar are homes. the best view from across the bay. rodriguez says secret service teams are assessing threats that could come by land, sea and air. and standing outside of the club, it doesn't take long to see the skies above will be a major concern. >> that plane is maybe a couple thousand feet over us. >> reporter: palm beach airport just a few miles west of
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mar-a-lago. >> you can see the path for which herschel aircraft. >> reporter: for years trump has waged a legal battle to keep commercial and private planes from flying over this estate, and now that he's president-elect, he might have just gotten his way. when he's on the property rodriguez says, the air space over mar-a-lago will be closed. >> this will be a type of aircraft that an individual would use to drive his plane into the property. >> reporter: and in the waters around mar-a-lago, the u.s. coast guard is already setting up security zones, some parts completely off limbs, other areas that require permission before entering. resident says secret service agents will also conduct renewed background checks on every club member and inside the club they can also expect to see new levels of visible and invisible layers of security. are they in for a bit of a rude awakening? >> i think it depends.
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some of the neighbors may like it. others may complain because they don't like the intrusion. >> reporter: but life will change around here for the next four years. >> yes, it will. most definitely. >> reporter: security presence very tight since donald trump arrived on tuesday night. you see there the coast guard boat just off the edge of the property as well as other coast guard boats in the water, as well. guards at every entrance to the gate. this is the kind of activity that residents here will have to get used to for the next four years. >> ed lavin teenderlavendera, t much. coming up, jake tapper sitting down with bernie sanders to likely talk about trump's security and the future of this country. that interview airing tomorrow morning 9:00 a.m. eastern time right here on cnn. if you're searching other travel sites to find a better price...
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