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Ivanka Skips Trump Rally To See Play With Justin Trudeau (Photos)

| by Denise Recalde

Ivanka Trump daughter of President Donald Trump, attended a Broadway show as a guest of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who delivered an opening address.

 

The Canadian PM introduced the critically acclaimed show, "Come From Away," which is about a Canadian town's response to 9/11, Daily Mail reports. 

The play just recently opened on Broadway.

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Ivanka was accompanied by Nikki R Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, ex-Prime Minister Jean Chretien, and Trudeau's wife, Sophie Gregoire. 

Her husband, Jared Kushner, was in Nashville helping her father, who was delivering a speech to a rally there. 

Ivanka, Trudeau and the president had famously had their picture taken in the Oval Office in February. 

Observers believe the first daughter and the Canadian politician have established a connection. 

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Social media users have frequently commented on pictures of the pair and jokingly accuse Ivanka of having a secret crush on Trudeau. 

"Come From Away" is about the citizens of a Canadian town taking in 38 stranded American plane passengers whose flights had been grounded in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

The play is reportedly based on true events that transpired in Gander, Newfoundland. Residents there had housed, fed and cared for the stranded passengers during that tragic period in American history. 

One scene of the play features a Muslim character being strip-searched in an embarrassing way at the airport as his fellow passengers board their planes soon after the 9/11 flight ban had been lifted. 

Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, who presided at the time 9/11 happened, went on stage before Trudeau to speak of his memories of the tragic day.  

In his introductory statement, Trudeau spoke of the unique relationship between the United States and its neighbor to the north.

"There is no relationship quite like the friendship between Canada and the United States," said Trudeau, who espoused on the definition of true friendship.

He stated that true relationships are not just about companionship but also about a willingness to care and help each other. 

He praised the play for rendering tribute to that friendship.

"The world gets to see what it is to lean on each other and be there for each other through the darkest times," Trudeau said on the stage of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, The Telegraph reports. 

Broadway's welcoming of Trudeau is in stark contrast to how audience members received Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence when they attended a viewing of the show, "Hamilton." Both were booed by attendees. 

Sources: Daily Mail, The Telegraph / Photo credit: Marc Nozell/Wikimedia Commons, Facebook, AFP/Getty via Daily Mail

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