It’s back. Remember the Game of Thrones-esque poster that was featured in a Trump tweet trumpeting the reimposition of sanctions against Iran in November that prompted a swift backlash by HBO and GoT cast members? Well, it made a mysterious return at Wednesday’s White House cabinet meeting (see photo above).
It wasn’t immediately clear why the poster was placed on the table in front of the president during the Cabinet meeting.
The words “Sanctions are coming” are a play on GoT’s “Winter is Coming” line that has characterized the soon to conclude David Benioff/D. B. Weiss-produced series based on George R.R. Martin’s book.
In a statement released at the time of Trump’s November tweet, HBO said “We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes.”
How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?
— HBO (@HBO) November 2, 2018
A couple of the GoT cast members had their own reactions to Trump’s initial tweet, and they weren’t approving, to put it mildly. “Ew,” said “Sansa Stark” actress Sophie Turner in a reply to POTUS on social media.
And there was this from the actor who plays Arya Stark:
Not today. https://t.co/Jg51mGHPO1
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) November 2, 2018
Here’s Trump’s original tweet:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2018