Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led a delegation of 600 to Broadway’s “Come From Away” Wednesday, including 125 ambassadors of the United Nations, and, notably, Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka.
The pair sat next to each other at the show, written by a Canadian couple, which is about a town in Newfoundland, Canada that harbored stranded passengers of diverted flights following the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City. Trump’s presence was rather surprising as her family’s stance on immigration has been clearly laid out by the President’s attempts to instate a travel ban on six major Muslim countries and his desire to rework the North America Free Trade Agreement. The Trump administration’s policies are sharply at odds with Trudeau’s.
The Canadian PM has made clear that Canada’s borders are open to foreigners and refugees – standing onstage before “Come From Away” began, Trudeau addressed the crowd.
“The world gets to see what it is to lean on each other and be there for each other through the darkest times,” he said of the show, The New York Times reports. He also US – Canada relations: “There is no relationship quite like the friendship between Canada and the United States. This story, this amazing show, is very much about that, and it’s about friendship as well.”
Interestingly enough, Canada’s immigration site crashed for hours due to overwhelming traffic after Trump’s election in November.