Donald Trump is known for using a Sharpie
In a recent episode of HBO’s new four-part
series with political website Axios, Trump broke into a
monologue professing his love for the Sharpie pen and disdain
for the traditional government ordered pen.
Trump said Sharpie created a personalized black plastic
pen for him that has his own signature on it.
Trump is known for his signature writing tool – the Sharpie pen.
In fact, his thick and highly legible Sharpie scrawl has caused
problems for the president in the past – giving away notes to his
speech and making some of his private thoughts visible to the
Despite this, he has continued to use the Sharpie to sign
executive orders, mark up drafts of important speeches, and
add notes like “a teacher marking a quiz,” Guardian writer
wrote in July.
What is lesser know, however, is that Trump struck up a deal with
Sharpie to have these pens personalized for himself.
Toward the end of the first
episode of HBO’s new four-part series done with political
website Axios, Trump broke into a monologue professing his love
for the Sharpie pen and disdain for the government ordered pen
that is traditionally used by US Presidents.
Meanwhile, Axios reporter Jonathan Swan and its CEO,
Jim VandeHei patiently listened on the sidelines.
“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 added, referring to the so-called
government ordered pen.
“And then I started using just a sharpie and I said to myself,
well wait a minute, this much writes much better and this cost
almost nothing.” At this point in the monology, Trump pulled out
a standard grey Sharpie pen from his draw.
“So I called up the folks at Sharpie and I said, ‘do me a favor,
can you make the pen in black; can you make it look
rich,'” he said.
According to Trump, Sharpie’s response was not only
can they do that but they also offered to put his signature on
it. Trump proudly flashed the gold labeled pen to the camera.
Sharpie’s parent company Newell Brands did not immediately
respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.