Donald Trump is known for some strange habits. He has a history of tearing out magazine pages writing nonsense on the page and mailing it to someone he believed has wronged him in some way. Writing odd, creepy notes is something you would think Trump would have stopped doing since moving into the Oval Office, but it appears old habits are hard to break.
Axios recently reported that back in May of 2017, Trump tore the cover off of a copy of Newsweek. The cover featured an image of Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with the headline: “The Anti-Trump.” In silver sharpie, Trump wrote “Looking good! Hope it’s not true!” Despite the advice of several staffers not to mail the magazine cover, Trump ordered it mailed to Trudeau.
When he received it, Trudeau thought that it was a prank. Trudeau phoned the White House and was shocked to learn that Trump had mailed the odd message to him.
Creepily that isn’t the only time that Donald Trump thought it was appropriate to communicate with Trudeau that way.
Back on Dec. 8, 2017, Trump lied to supporters at a rally in Pensacola, Florida, telling them that the U.S. has a trade deficit with Canada. Right around that same time, Trump mailed Trudeau a document purporting to show that the U.S. had a trade deficit with Canada. Trump took a sharpie and wrote on the document, “Not good!” Reportedly the document only mentioned America’s deficit in the trade of goods and ignored its surplus in services.
Trudeau decided that the only way to communicate with Trump was to lower himself to his level. A level where leaders use fragmented sentences and emoji’s to communicate.
So, a few weeks later Trudeau sent Trump a handwritten letter on stationary marked by a Maple Leaf. Trudeau began the note in a cheerful way but ended it with a drop of reality.
“Dear Donald,” Trudeau wrote in the letter dated Dec. 20, 2017, according to a source. “It’s been a busy year! Enjoy the Christmas holidays—you deserve it.”
“One thing,” Trudeau added. “You gave a great speech in Pensacola, but you were slightly off on the balance of trade with Canada. USTR says so! All the best for 2018, Justin.”
It was the second page of the letter that was a truth bomb. Trudeau enclosed a printout of Canada’s informational page from the website of the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Trudeau underlined the section on the USTR website, which at the time reported that “the U.S. goods and services trade surplus with Canada was $12.5 billion in 2016.” Trudeau circled the $12.5 billion and drew a cheeky little smiley face next to it.
More recent exchanges between Trump and Trudeau have been on the cold side. In 2018, Trump ditched the G7 Summit in Canada early to fly out and spend time with his friend, d North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, who Trump has repeatedly stated sends him “beautiful letters.”
After he returned from visiting Kim Jong Un, Trump reportedly told aides that Canada was the “worst country” to negotiate with and privately describes Trudeau as a “wise guy.” He also referred to Canada’s foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, as “very nasty,” which is how he seems to view all women who find him unappealing.