Pub renamed Trump Arms for presidential visit

A London pub is being renamed The Trump Arms to celebrate the US president’s visit to the UK next week.

The Jameson pub in Hammersmith will host a welcome party serving Donald Trump ’s favourite food and drink. A banner bearing the pub’s temporary new name will be hoisted onto the roof in time for Trump’s arrival and will remain there until he leaves.

Guests will be treated to a BBQ with hot dogs and cheeseburgers, reported to be served up at the White House for the President. These will be washed down with Trump-themed cocktails. Costumes, music and banners will help create the atmosphere of a Trump campaign rally.

Landlord Damien Smyth said the two-day welcome party was a chance to show POTUS that he had a big fan club in London, despite threats of mass protests. Tickets cost £32.

“There are many Trump supporters around here who will be happy to see it,” said Irish-born Mr Smyth, whose wife Marian is a New Yorker. “I was talking to regulars who are looking forward to the visit and I said ‘Let’s set up The Trump Arms while he is here’.”

Local Patrick Sullivan volunteered to organise the event. He said: “Trump has kick-started the US economy, bombed evil Assad and disarmed North Korea. It is right that such a key ally of Britain gets a warm welcome and that our country sends a clear message that we value the special relationship.”

Trump supporters including former White House aide Steve Bannon, who is likely to be in London, and former Ukip leader Nigel Farage have been invited. However, Mr Smyth said he doubted Trump himself would drop in. “But you never know, I’ve heard he likes a bit of entrepreneurship,” he said. “I will have a pint of stout ready for him in case.”

A US Embassy spokesperson said: “We are looking forward to next week’s visit as an opportunity to highlight the vitality of the special relationship.”

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