Justin Trudeau hosts Ivanka Trump at outsider-themed Broadway show

In what some are viewing a political move, Justin Trudeau hosted President Trump's eldest daughter on Wednesday at a show thematically focused on inclusivity under tough circumstances.

Ivanka Trump joined a 600 person delegation -- including many proud Canadians and more than 123 ambassadors to the United Nations -- for a mid-week showing of Broadway's "Come From Away."

The show is set in Gander, Newfoundland in the week after the September, 11 attacks. Newfoundland during that week became a place of refuge for 38 plans who were unexpectedly ordered to land there as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon.

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Ivanka Trump reportedly sat in Row F in the Schoenfeld Theater, in between Prime Minister Trudeau and American United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley -- a former Republican U.S. senator from South Carolina.

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau -- who hosted the delegation for the showing via the Canadian consulate general in New York -- said in brief remarks before the musical that he saw the show as a symbol of tight-knit relations between Canada and the United States.

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"There is no relationship quite like the friendship between Canada and the United States. This story, this amazing show, is very much about that," Trudeau said. "The world gets to see what it is to lean on each other and be there for each other through the darkest times."

Later, Trudeau admitted his emotional state throughout the show, saying, "Two minutes in, I started to cry."

Ivanka Trump's level of influence within the president's inner circle remains a topic of scrutiny among political pundits. Ivanka Trump was present during Trudeau's visit to the White House last month, an exchange that included a roundtable on supporting women in business -- an issue Ivanka Trump has expressed is near to her heart.

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A February report signaled the power of President Trump's daughter and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, revealing they may have been instrumental in derailing a draft executive order meant to roll back LGBT protections in the workplace -- but the pair fell silent amid a roll back of rights for transgender students across the country.

More recently, Ivanka Trump has focused her public advocacy around education for women pursuing STEM careers and a child care tax benefit with a potential $500 billion price tag.

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