“I apologize in advance.”
That’s what former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney joked when he serenaded President Trump at a cancer fundraiser last weekend at Mar-a-Lago.
“Mr. President, I hope this doesn’t fracture Canadian-U.S. relations for decades to come. I apologize in advance,” Mulroney said before launching into his rendition of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”
Fortunately, Trump gave Mulroney a standing ovation, the Globe and Mail reported. When he returned to his table, President Trump told Mulroney: “Relationships are just great between Canada and the United States. Justin [Trudeau] had a terrific trip down to Washington.”
Mulroney previously sang that same song in 1985 for President Ronald Reagan, with whom he was close. Mulroney was Canada’s prime minister from 1984 to 1993.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump both attended the fundraiser, which benefited the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event raised $2.3 million from its 800 attendees.
Trump has known Brian Mulroney and his wife, Mila, for 25 years because they both own homes in Palm Beach, Florida. The families’ adult children are also longtime friends.
— The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) February 19, 2017
The press was not invited to the fundraiser, so there are few photos of the event on social media.
After making her inaugural wardrobe a celebration of American fashion, for Saturday night’s Red Cross Ball at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. First Lady Melania Trump wore a vibrant gown from Dior, finishing her look with emerald diamond earrings and ring. The picture doesn’t focus on the piece but you can notice the fire of those Colombian emeralds. #maralago #melaniatrump #maralagoclub #maralagopalmbeach #colombianemeralds #colombianemerald #emeralds #emerald #emeraldearrings #emeraldjewelry #emeraldpendant #emeraldring #emeraldjewelry #emeraldjewellery #pearcut #pearshape #diamondearrings #diamondearring #diamondjewelry #muzoemerald #muzoemeralds
Hedge fund manager Douglass Kass tweeted a Periscope video of all the evening’s performances, which was headlined by Grammy-winning music producer David Foster.
David Foster performing at Mar a Lago tonite – as Donald Trump looks on with Melania.https://t.co/f2iFOHJllw
— Douglas Kass (@DougKass) February 19, 2017