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Trump to Sharpie: Hey can I get a custom pen? Oh, and ‘make it look rich’


WASHINGTON (CIRCA) -- President Donald Trump is a very rich man. He's made sure to point that out now and then.

And now that he's the president, he's got a lot of important things to sign -- often in front of cameras. But in his time as leader of the free world, he's discovered that a lot of the fancy-looking, photo-friendly pens sitting in government desks don't exactly write as well as he'd like.

Well, Trump took care of that problem with a call to Sharpie, we learned in the first episode of HBO's Axios show.

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“I was signing documents with a very expensive pen and it didn’t write well,” Trump said. “It was a horrible pen, and it was extremely expensive.”

He goes on to say he just started using a Sharpie, finding it to be much more effective at a lower price-point than the typical government pen. But that's not opulent-looking at all.

“So, I called up the folks at Sharpie and I said, ‘Do me a favor, can you make the pen in black?'"

But Trump had one last request for his custom pen:

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"'Can you make it look rich?'”

And then the president pulls out a golden-labeled pen, showing that not only did Sharpie hook him up, but the pen company put his signature on the side of his new favorite writing tool.

When Business Insider reached out to Sharpie's parent company to confirm the president's claim, it heard no reply.

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