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Xi, Merkel and Putin Absent From Trump’s Big UN Speech

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Trump Says Now Is Time of Immense Promise, Great Peril

President Donald Trump’s inaugural address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday is sure to be one of the most-watched events of the week. But relatively few of the world’s most powerful leaders will be in New York to hear it. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is staying at home as she fights for reelection in Sunday’s national elections. President Xi Jinping is in China preparing for next month’s crucial Communist Party congress. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who still refuses to pay for Trump’s border wall, is absent as well, and there’s no sign that Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning to come either.