Trump may take our Irn-Bru, but he’ll never take our freedom!

10 May 2018 | Aaron Wise

President Trump can’t help but infuriate people (even entire nations) with his brash and bold actions and outspoken views on world affairs.

This week alone, he has generated huge controversy by withdrawing the USA from a nuclear agreement with Iran, labelling it as ‘decaying and rotten’ and ‘an embarrassment’ to him ‘as a citizen’.

This obviously upset Iran and has caused great tension between the Islamic nation and neighbouring Israel, while Germany, France and the UK have been left to try and salvage the deal following Mr Trump’s intention to re-impose sanctions on Iran.

If there’s one thing the 45th President is good at, it’s getting people riled up. The dust hasn’t even had chance to settle on the Iran deal and already Mr Trump is facing wrath from another direction. This time: Scotland.

He’s now incensed those north of the border by banning Irn-Bru from his luxury golf course in Turnberry (although, admittedly, this is somewhat less serious than tearing up a nuclear deal).

The ban was revealed when one of the guests at the five-star Trump Turnberry resort, which can be found on the Ayrshire coast, was refused Scotland’s favourite soft drink.

The reason being (supposedly) that it stains the carpet when spilt. Although whether the ban was put in place to ensure the President wouldn’t be greeted by sticky orange floors at the course when he visits the UK this summer, or whether they’re just worried that there’s only so much room in the resort for things of an orange hue, remains to be seen.

There has been widespread outcry from the Scottish public, many of whom have taken to social media to vent their frustration. One Twitter user said Trump had ‘declared war on Scotland’ by banning the soft drink, while another said it was ‘the final straw’ and that he should be banned from visiting Scotland for such an act.

Now I’m sure the majority of those complaining aren’t likely to grace Trump Turnberry anytime soon, but belittle Irn-Bru at your peril. It’s a Scottish staple and, indeed, well stocked in our Edinburgh office. Discounting its popularity is a risky business for an outsider.

The story has exploded on social media and in the news, and while it’s seemingly light-hearted, it’s not great for the popularity of Mr Trump’s golf courses amongst the general public (with Trump International coming in for some bad PR in the past).

For Irn-Bru though, it’s a nice chunk of free publicity and I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before the soft drink company’s PR team jump on this band-wagon.