Sometimes the news is terrible, but sometimes it delivers to us a story so ridiculous that we just have to laugh. Like the story of U.S. President Donald J. Trump (who is president of the United States btw) sending the Right Honourable Justin Pierre James Trudeau (who is the prime minister of Canada btw) a petty note written in sharpie on a magazine cover. What?
According to Axios reporting this week, Donald Trump has twice sent Justin Trudeau angry notes scrawled in permanent marker. The first was in May 2017, when he reportedly sent the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek featuring a photo of Trudeau and the headline, “The Anti-Trump.” The Axios article sites FOUR sources “with direct knowledge” of the situation who say Trump wrote “something to the effect of ‘Looking good! Hope it’s not true!'” on the cover and mailed it to the Canadian Embassy in Washington.
You remember when Regina George spread the contents of the Burn Book around the school in Mean Girls? Yep, that’s pretty much what’s going on here.
The Canadian ambassador was apparently so shook that he contacted the White House to see if the thing was a prank. Nope. Just Donald Trump venting/conducting diplomacy. Cool.
The second instance was in December 2017 when Trump was reeeally upset about trade with Canada (and had been all. year.). He reportedly sent a print-out of trade numbers to Trudeau which showed that the U.S. was trading at a deficit with Canada. Sources said he wrote on the paper something comparable to “Not good!!” Around the same time, POTUS made the same claims at a rally in Pensacola, Florida.
That’s when our dear prime minister responded in the most savage way imaginable—with a dignified letter and some corrected numbers.
According to the report, Trudeau sent back a letter on his official stationary which began, “Dear Donald” and went on to say, “It’s been a busy year! Enjoy the Christmas holidays—you deserve it.” Nice. Cordial. Prime Minister-y.
He finished the letter by dropping some piping hot facts, Canadian style (that is, veeery politely).
“One thing,” the PM reportedly wrote. “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.”
And the final blow? He attached a print-out from the United States Trade Representative website that showed the right trade numbers (which indicate Canada actually has a trade deficit with the United States) and underlined the data, completing the document with a “cheeky little smiley face.”
Justin Trudeau is a lot of things (admittedly not all of them good), but wow, he sure knows how to combat trolling.