Ivanka, Trudeau Take in Tale of Friendship in Wake of 9/11

They caught Broadway show 'Come From Away'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2017 12:15 AM CDT
Ivanka, Trudeau Catch Broadway Show
Ivanka Trump greets patrons as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, left, looks on before the start of the Broadway musical "Come From Away" in New York, on Wednesday.   (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

While President Trump was defending his travel ban in Nashville, Tenn., his daughter Ivanka joined Canada's prime minister for a Broadway show with a message of tolerance. Ivanka Trump and Justin Trudeau attended Come From Away, a musical about how the residents of Gander, Newfoundland, welcomed more than 6,000 people stranded in the small town when planes were diverted there after the 9/11 attacks, when US airspace was closed, the New York Daily News reports. The show opened in New York Sunday to rave reviews after runs in cities including Seattle and Washington, DC. Ivanka and Trudeau arrived in the same motorcade and sat next to each other during the play, the Telegraph reports.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley was also in the crowd, as were up to 150 other UN ambassadors, reports the Toronto Star, which notes that the musical has a recurring subplot about anti-Muslim prejudice. Trudeau received a standing ovation for his speech introducing the play. He thanked the cast for working "to pull together such an extraordinary crowd to celebrate this story of friendship during extraordinarily difficult times between individuals between countries" and spoke about the close relationship betweeen the US and Canada. "The world gets to see what it is to lean on each other and be there for each other," he said. (Trudeau says Canada will welcome refugees of all faiths.)

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