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Crowds of jubilant royal watchers cheered as Britain’s Prince William and his pregnant wife Kate arrived in New York City on Sunday, kicking off a three-day trip to the East Coast.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s motorcade pulled up outside the Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side around 5:45 pm (2245 GMT), and the couple smiled broadly before heading into the building.

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“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in NYC!” the British consulate in New York tweeted, along with a picture of the beaming pair.

Kate, who is due to give birth to the couple’s second baby in April, was wearing a purple maternity coat. Their first-born son George is not coming on the visit.

The royal couple’s trip will see William and Kate, both 32, mix diplomacy with supporting their favorite causes and promoting British business interests.

It is their first trip to the United States together since a brief visit to the Los Angeles region in 2011 shortly after their wedding. It also marks their second outside the Commonwealth family of nations.

William is scheduled to meet US President Barack Obama in the White House on Monday for talks about illegal wildlife trading, an issue close to the prince’s heart.

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Second in line to the throne after his father Prince Charles, William is now doing more of the long-haul work for the British monarchy as Queen Elizabeth II approaches her nineties.

“It’s a significant trip which is trying to establish William further in a diplomatic, statesmanlike role,” Robert Jobson, author of “The New Royal Family,” told AFP.

Rather than visiting on behalf of Queen Elizabeth or touring one of her realms, this time they will be expressly visiting on behalf of the British government.

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– Obama meeting a coup –

The visit will undoubtedly revive memories of the 1985 trip made by William’s parents, Charles and Diana, when the princess, wearing a dazzling gown, danced with US president Ronald Reagan and Hollywood star John Travolta.

And the royal couple is staying at the same New York hotel — The Carlyle, known for hosting global powerplayers over the years — that Diana also visited.

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After the meeting with Obama, William will address the World Bank on illegal wildlife trading.

“It is quite a coup for William that he has been invited to the White House by Obama because this is his topic, something he has specifically raised awareness about,” royal biographer Penny Junor said.

It will be the first time either William or Kate will have been to New York or Washington.

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The couple will attend their first NBA basketball game on Monday, the league said, when they will see LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Brooklyn Nets.

Sir Peter Westmacott, British ambassador to the US, told CBS News that he was confident the protests that have taken place over several nights in New York demanding justice for black men killed by white police officers would not overshadow the visit.

“We obviously hope not because this is a visit to which we attach a great deal of importance,” he said.

– Asia on horizon –

William, who is training to become an air ambulance pilot in his day job, is also preparing for a trip to Japan and China in late February-early March, without Kate ahead of her due date.

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That visit is being viewed in Britain as an attempt to improve top-level diplomatic relations with Beijing.

“In terms of foreign travel, I would guess that he and his younger brother Prince Harry would be the ones that do it in future because they have got huge appeal,” Junor said.

“He’s definitely a draw, people love him the world over. They will use him, for sure,” said the author, who wrote “Prince William: Born to Be King.”


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Bill Barr denies giving the order to gas protesters for Trump photo-op

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America's top law enforcement office on Friday denied giving the highly-controversial order to gas protesters prior to a photo-op with President Donald Trump holding a Bible.

"Attorney General William Barr says law enforcement officers were already moving to push back protesters from a park in front of the White House when he arrived there Monday evening, and he says he did not give a command to disperse the crowd, though he supported the decision," The Associated Press reports.

"Barr’s comments in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday were his most detailed explanation yet of what unfolded outside the White House earlier this week. They come after the White House and others said repeatedly that the attorney general ordered officers to clear the park," the AP reported. "Shortly after officers aggressively pushed back demonstrators, President Donald Trump — accompanied by Barr, Pentagon leaders and other top advisers — walked through Lafayette Park to pose for a photo at a nearby church that had been damaged during the protests."

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Jeb Bush wonders why Republicans are not ‘stepping up’ to condemn racism

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Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) wondered on Friday why more Republicans were not standing publicly against racism.

"I have said it before and I will say it again now: the GOP must not tolerate racism. Of any kind. At any time," his son, George P. Bush, the Texas Land Commissioner posted on Twitter.

He urged local GOP officials in Texas to resign for sharing racist posts on Facebook.

Jeb Bush praised the post.

"Proud of my son," he posted on Twitter.

"Are other Republican elected officials stepping up?" he wondered.

https://twitter.com/JebBush/status/1269057568015605761

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‘Not appropriate at all’: GOP senator admits it was wrong to gas protesters for Trump’s photo-op

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The decision to gas protesters so President Donald Trump could hold a photo-op holding a Bible were criticized by a Republican senator on Friday as cracks start to emerge in Republicans' support for the president.

"As you know, outside the White House when protesters were peacefully exercising their rights, there were rubber bullets and tear gas, they were disbursed so he could go for the pictures, the photo-op at the church," CNN's Erin Burnett reported.

She noted criticism by former General Mattis and asked Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) if he agreed.

"I would say no question the scene that I understand occurred there with the tear gas and rubber bullets was unnecessary, not appropriate at all," he replied.

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