NEW YORK – First daughter Ivanka Trump returned to her hometown to join Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as his special guest at a Broadway show Wednesday night.
Trump flew from Washington, D.C. to New York to take in the the musical “Come From Away,” They arrived in the same motorcade but in separate cars. Trudeau was accompanied by his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.
Meanwhile, Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, was in Nashville, Tenn. with President Donald Trump for a campaign-style speech to thousands of supporters.
The prime minister took to the stage to introduce the critically acclaimed musical about a Canadian town’s response to 9/11.
“[The cast] worked to pull together such an extraordinary crowd to celebrate this story of friendship during extraordinarily difficult times between individuals between countries,” the prime minister said about “the close relationship between the United States and Canada.”
“The world gets to see what it is to lean on each other and be there for each other,” he added. “This story, this amazing show, is very much about that, and it’s about friendship as well.”
The audience gave the Canadian hearthrob a standing ovation after his remarks. The show officially opened on Broadway on Sunday, after receiving praise in previews.
Trump sat between Justin Trudeau and Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Also in attendance were about 600 Canadian politicians, diplomats and guests of the Consulate General of Canada in New York, including Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
The first daughter and Trudeau appeared to hit it off during his visit to the White House last month. Both met with members of a newly formed task force for businesswomen, the United States-Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Business Leaders-Female Entrepreneurs. Trudeau also met with the president.
Pictures catching her looking dreamily at Trudeau at the meeting led to jokes online that she had a secret crush.
“Come From Away,” based on true events, is about the small Canadian town of Gander, New Foundland welcoming nearly 7,000 stranded U.S. passengers whose planes were grounded in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
Before the show, Trump and Halley mingled with Canadian politicians.
Some observers noted the irony of Trump attending a show that portrays Canadians warmly welcoming American travelers, on the very night a federal judge blocked her father’s new travel ban. The ban would prevent travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and refugees from entering the United States.
— Come From Away (@wecomefromaway) March 16, 2017