Camerons visit Ground Zero

David and Samantha Cameron are visiting Ground Zero in New York on the last day of their US trip.

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  1. Tom Bradby

US visit mutually beneficial for Cameron and Obama

Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha are greeted by US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron's staff will be happy with his visit to America, the love has been somewhat laid on a trowel and I think you can question why that is.

Clearly a large part of it is domestic political considerations, President Obama's got to try and get re-elected and to be seen as a world statesman and it is always good for a British Prime Minister to be seen to be taken seriously on a global scale.

But, also, I think a lot of it is to do with Afghanistan too, when your soldiers are fighting and dying together, the White House's calculation is, you have got to be seen to be as close as close can be.

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