Smirnoff brand vodka has embarked on a new ad campaign that pokes fun at President Donald Trump’s tangled relationship with the Russian government.
Owned by massive British beverage company Diageo, the Smirnoff Vodka company was founded in Moscow by Pyotr Arsenievich Smirnov, but the family fled Russia during the October Revolution in 1917. Smirnoff-branded beverages are sold and produced in over 130 countries, but the bulk of its vodka sold in the U.S. is made domestically.
The company’s new posters say, “Made in America, but we’d be happy to talk about our ties to Russia under oath.”
That's a good burn there, Smirnoff. pic.twitter.com/6fJ4Wfl7Xe
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The ad is mocking Trump’s declaration that he is “100 percent” willing to speak under oath about the Russia investigation. Senate Intelligence Committee member Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has challenged the president to “step up” and testify under oath before Congress.
“The fact that he’s new, the fact that he may not say things so seriously, that’s not an excuse. He’s the president of the United States and he’s got to step up to the plate,” Schumer said on Sunday.