West London pub renamed the Trump Arms to welcome US President

By Stuart Stone

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Friendly welcome: West London pub the Jameson has been renamed the Trump Arms in honour of the US President's first state visit
Friendly welcome: West London pub the Jameson has been renamed the Trump Arms in honour of the US President's first state visit
For the second year running, the Jameson in Hammersmith, west London, has been rebranded to welcome President Donald Trump on a visit to the UK.

As reported by The Morning Advertiser​, the Jameson rebranded in July 2018​ in support of President Donald Trump and held a two-day welcome party in his honour, charging £32 per ticket and featuring Trump-themed cocktails.

Last year’s visit, which wasn’t an official state occasion, coincided with Theresa May’s second anniversary as Prime Minister and was met by approximately 250,000 protesters who took to the streets of London, as well as a flying blimp over the capital depicting the 45th President of the United States as an angry orange baby.

Not discouraged by the angry response to the President’s visit last year, the operator of the Jameson has again chosen to welcome Trump with open arms as he and First Lady Melania Trump, arrive today (3 June) for a three-day visit.

In a tweet published on 1 June, the Trump Arms posted: “Trump Arms London open again. God bless America.”

Speaking to TIME magazine​, the Jameson’s owner Damien Smyth explained: “Someone has to show Americans that we’re their friends.

“A lot of young people tell me they’re afraid to tell their friends they support Trump because they don’t want to be lambasted. It’s awful.”

Trump will meet members of the Royal Family during his visit, which is expected to be marked, once again, by protests in major cities across the UK, including Birmingham, Manchester and London.

'Stone cold loser'

The reveal of the Trump Arms in west London came just days before the venue's namesake unleashed a string of insults directed at London Mayor Sadiq Khan from his Twitter account. 

Hours before touching down on UK soil, President Trump took aim at Khan, calling him a "stone cold loser" and comparing him to New York City's current mayor Bill de Blasio - who Trump has described as "very dumb and incompetent".

He lambasted Khan for doing a "terrible job as Mayor of London" and being "foolishly 'nasty' to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom."

The Morning Advertiser​ contacted the Jameson for further comment but at the time of writing had not received a response.

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