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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2008, file photo, bottles of Smirnoff Ice are seen on a cooler shelf at a store in Albany, N.Y. The vodka brand told The Associated Press on June 12, 2017, that it has launched a new ad campaign that references the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in last year’s presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Smirnoff Vodka trolled Trump in its latest advertising campaign


Made in America, but we'd be happy to talk about our ties to Russia under oath.
Smirnoff Vodka

Smirnoff Vodka's latest advertising campaign takes aim at President Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russia. 

The vodka company just rolled out a new bus ad, touting the fact that the company's products have been made in America for more than eight decades. 

Trump has been under fire since the 2016 presidential election because of allegations that his campaign had ties to Russia, which the intelligence community concluded interfered with the election. 

Last month, the Justice Department appointed a special prosecutor to oversee an investigation into Russian interference in the election.

Smirnoff Vodka's new ad campaign alludes to Trump's response to former FBI Director James Comey's testimony on June 8. During his testimony, Comey said Trump suggested that he drop the investigation into whether ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn had ties to Russia. 

Trump then accused Comey of lying about their private conversations and said he would "100 percent" be willing to testify under oath.

Smirnoff, which is now owned by the British company Diageo, was founded in 1864 by Piotr Arseneevich. Arseneevich was one of the most famous vodka makers in Russia and the company claims to have invented the Moscow Mule cocktail. 

"The recent interest in American-made products created the perfect opportunity to reinforce that fact and the brand's roots in Russia -- with a wink and nod to current affairs," a spokesperson for Diageo told CNN. It is unclear where and how long the advertising campaign will run.

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