US President Barack Obama made a special thank you to Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany on Tuesday at the United Nations, praising her for doing "the right thing".

Obama addressed world leaders at the UN in New York on Tuesday, speaking on the topic of the international refugee crisis and the need for countries to collaborate more to take care of those fleeing violent wars.

"I want to personally thank Chancellor Merkel and [Canadian] Prime Minister Trudeau, and the people of both those countries - because the politics sometimes can be hard, but it's the right thing to do," Obama said.

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