Trudeau extremely concerned about Hong Kong, urges China to be careful

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2019

In at least one instance, Trudeau also wrote to Trump.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, Axios said that Trump ripped the cover off the magazine, wrote something like "Looking good! Hope it's not true!" in silver Sharpie, and mailed it to the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.

The Canadian ambassador to the United States thought he was being pranked when President Donald Trump sent Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a note jokingly saying he hoped Trudeau wasn't "the anti-Trump", the news website Axios reported on Sunday.

However, this was not to be the last time that Donald Trump would use pen-pal diplomacy with his Canadian counterpart, as he reportedly mailed Trudeau a document in December 2017 that illustrated the trade deficit between the two countries at the expense of the USA, by measuring only the trade of goods.

The letter prompted Canadian ambassador David MacNaughton to reach out to the White House and ask if it was some kind of prank, two unnamed sources told Axios. Thinking this was weird, White House staffers weren't sure if Trump should send the cover, but they relented, thinking it would be received positively.

One of Axios' unnamed sources said that Trump scrawled something like "Not good!" in Sharpie on the document, which showed America's deficit in trade goods. In December 2017, Trump falsely claimed the US had a trade deficit with Canada, and sent Trudeau a document that tried to prove this, a person with knowledge of the matter told Axios.

The once amicable and calm relationship between the USA and Canada was upended when Trump took office and attacked Canada's trade policies, enacted tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel, and insisted on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

His comments are unlikely to improve already poor relations between Ottawa and Beijing, which are embroiled in a trade and diplomatic dispute over Canada's arrest of a senior Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] on a US warrant previous year.

A torn-out Bloomberg Businessweek cover featuring a portrait of Justin Trudeau.

A back-and-forth about U.S.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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