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Oh, Canada

Ivanka Trump joins Justin Trudeau at Broadway musical celebrating acceptance of foreigners

By WITW Staff on March 16, 2017

Ivanka Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat together on Wednesday night at a performance of new Broadway show Come From Away, a musical celebrating the acceptance of travelers in a small town in Newfoundland after thousands from around the world had to be diverted from American airspace during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Trump sat between Trudeau and American ambassador to the U.N. Nikki R. Haley, who was a vocal opponent of Trump and his proposed immigration ban on Muslims during the presidential primary. Speaking on stage before the performance, Trudeau said that the show symbolized the friendship between Canada and the United States — a message perhaps complicated by the show’s emphasis on welcoming foreigners and the recent news that President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban on immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries had been blocked by a federal judge.

The musical, written by Canadian couple Irene Sankoff and David Hein, targeted a number of issues that have been sore points for the Trump administration — including scenes that portrayed the embarrassment caused to Muslims by discrimination in air travel, and the fears of a black traveler that he might be racially profiled as a thief and shot.

The Canadian consulate general in New York brought a delegation of 600 people to the performance, including more than 125 ambassadors to the United Nations. Asked about Ivanka’s impression of the show, Trudeau reportedly said that she “liked the musical like everybody else.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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