Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday invited first daughter Ivanka Trump to a Broadway musical that celebrates openness to foreign travelers.
President Trump’s daughter accompanied Trudeau and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley to the performance of “Come From Away" in New York City, according to The New York Times. The pair sat in the audience as the Canadian prime minister took the stage to speak about the relationship between the U.S. and Canada and the importance of friendship.
More than 100 ambassadors from around the world were reportedly also in attendance.
“The deep ties ... of business, of friends, of culture, of people traveling back and forth, families of all these connections. This story, this amazing show is very much about that. And it’s about friendship as well.”
Trudeau praised the story of “Come From Away,” set in a small town in Newfoundland that sheltered thousands of airline passengers who were diverted to the town when the U.S. shut down airspace following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
"When we think about our friends, we think about the people we like to kick back with after a hard day at the office, who we want to see on the weekend, maybe go camping or golfing with or people you want to catch up with for birthdays, mark milestones. … But thats actually not what friendship is about,” Trudeau continued.
"Our friends are there for the tough times, when you lose a parent or a loved one, when you get knocked off your path in a difficult moment in your life. … And that is ultimately what this story is all about, being there for each other. Being open, being engaged and knowing that drawing together through dark times is what is very best for the human spirit.”
Following the performance, Trudeau was asked about whether he spoke with Ivanka Trump, and told CBC, "Oh she enjoyed it. As did everyone in the theatre."