Smirnoff ad pokes fun at Trump’s links with Russia
Renowned vodka maker Smirnoff appeared to take a cheeky swipe at U.S. President Donald Trump and the Russia scandal that has enveloped his campaign and administration.
An ad featuring the brand poked fun at the special counsel’s investigation into the Trump campaign team’s contact with the Russian establishment.
“Made in America,” declares a new Smirnoff billboard spotted by U.S.-based social media users, with a picture of a bottle of Smirnoff behind what appears to be a Moscow mule cocktail. “But we’d be happy to talk about our ties to Russia under oath,” the ad states.
The brand, now owned by British drinks company Diageo, was founded in Moscow more than a century ago by Pyotr Arsenievich Smirnov, whose family fled Russia during the October Revolution in 1917. Ultimately Russia became Communist under control of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin, and Smirnoff became one of the most well-known makers of Russian vodka outside Russia.