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Late Night Tackles Trump and North Korea

Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert are a little creeped out by Trump's correspondence with world leaders

"The United States and Canada have one of, if not the, closest relationships of any two countries in the word," Jimmy Kimmel said on Tuesday's Kimmel Live. "But we also have Donald Trump, which complicates things." He explained that starting in 2017, Trump has sent a handful of handwritten notes to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, one of which was so odd Trudeau thought he was being pranked.

"Just to recap, Trump tore the cover off a magazine, wrote on it in Sharpie, and mailed it to the prime minister of Canada — like the Zodiac Killer or something," Kimmel said. "Justin Trudeau, by the way, isn't the president's only pen pal. Trump was bragging this weekend about a love letter he received from his man in North Korea." He did not believe that, as Trump insisted on Twitter, Kim apologized for testing short-range missiles, and he was a little perplexed at Trump's cheerful and friendly response to said missile launches. "I don't know what his plan is with this, but the president has shown Kim Jong Un so much affection," Kimmel said, "I mean, watch this and try to imagine him saying any of this stuff about Melania."

Trump was clearly "jazzed" about Kim's letter, and also about it being "hand delivered," Stephen Colbert said at The Late Show. "For a guy who's the leader of the free world, he's awfully impressed by the concept of mail." Trump's tweets about the letter adopted Kim's language about U.S.-South Korean military exercises, he added. "That is your president calling our military's training to defend South Korea from a murderous, nuclear-armed madman 'ridiculous.' What an inspiring commander in chief."

"But Trump really believes he and Kim are best buds," Colbert said. "In fact, at the fundraiser, he claimed, 'People say he only smiles when he sees me.'" Just for fun, he rained on Trump's love parade. Watch below. Peter Weber