Former president Barack Obama recently took to Twitter to endorse Canada's current prime minister, Justin Trudeau. . In his endorsement, Obama praised Trudeau’s “progressive leadership” and commitment to tackling “big issues.”. I was proud to work with Justin Trudeau as President. He's a hard-working, effective leader who takes on big issues like climate change. The world needs his progressive leadership now, and I hope our neighbors to the north support him for another term. , Barack Obama, via Twitter. Trudeau responded shortly afterwards, referring to Obama as “[his] friend.” . Thanks my friend, we’re working hard to keep our progress going, Justin Trudeau, via Twitter. Trudeau is currently seeking re-election in what is predicted to be a tight race. According to ‘TIME,’ his approval ratings are at near-record lows, largely due to the resurfacing of old photos that show him wearing blackface. . If Trudeau loses re-election, it will be the first time since 1935 that a first-term prime minister with the parliamentary majority has lost.