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President will not attend next week’s UN General Assembly gathering in person, his chief of staff told journalists aboard Air Force One Thursday, according to a pool report.

The decision marks an about-face for Trump, last month said he wanted to deliver his speech in the General Assembly hall in , even if other world leaders are staying away due to the .

Chief of Staff Mark Meadows ended the debate once and for all, telling reporters en route to Wisconsin, where Trump was to hold a campaign rally, that the president would not physically attend the General Assembly’s 75th session, which will take place mainly by videoconference due to the crisis.

The main part of this year’s UNGA, when world leaders take turns to give speeches, runs through the week starting September 21 and ends on September 29.

In opening remarks Tuesday, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasized this year’s focus on the global response to the plus “peace and security, disarmament, human , equality and sustainable development.”

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