CNN's Don Lemon Mocks Trump's 'Game of Thrones' Poster, Laughs at President 'acting like Some Kind of Action Hero'

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U.S. President Donald Trump leads a meeting of his Cabinet, including (left to right) Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, in the Cabinet Room at the White House, on January 2. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Donald Trump's Game of Thrones-style poster was ridiculed by Don Lemon, who mocked Trump for "acting like some kind of action hero."

The bizarre poster, whose graphics resemble that of the HBO blockbuster, was spotted in the White House on Wednesday, as Trump made his first televised appearance of the year.

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In a long-ranging conversation with members of Cabinet and reporters, the president discussed a number of issues, including the role of the presidency, military strategy and immigration.

Lemon, however, appeared particularly intrigued by the poster, which was placed on Trump's desk.

"The president is acting like some kind of action hero," the CNN Tonight host said on his show, as he struggled to contain his laughter.

"With some sort of Game of Thrones-style poster prominently displayed on the table. Acting like a tough guy."

Lemon then touched on what many who watched Trump's cabinet meeting probably wondered.

"No one in the room bothered to explain exactly why the poster was there," he added.

"Is this like a movie or something that's coming soon?"

In fact, it was not the first time the poster had been wheeled out. In November, Trump had tweeted out the image to announce Washington's decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2018

The tweet went down like a lead balloon with some of the stars of the show, including Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, who swiftly mocked the president.

Not today.

— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) November 2, 2018

Aside from wondering whether Trump would launch his own cinematographic career, Lemon also claimed the president was just hours away from "waking up to a whole new reality."

The government shutdown will reach its 13th day on Thursday, with the Democrats officially set to take control of the House on the same day.

"The clock is ticking," the CNN Tonight host added.

"As of tomorrow [January 3] his [Trump's] party will no longer have total control of the government. He will no longer have a majority in the House and Democrats are salivating at the idea that they could eat his lunch."

Nancy Pelosi, who will officially take on the role of House Speaker on Thursday, has wasted no time in making things uncomfortable for the Trump administration.

Speaking to the media after Congressional leaders met with Trump behind closed doors in the White House's "Situation Room," Pelosi said the ball was firmly in the president's court when it came to end the shutdown.

The impasse has been caused by a lack of funding over Trump's proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, a rallying cry for his base who have been stoked to hatred of immigrants.

"We are asking the president to open up government," she said. "We are giving him a Republican path to do that. Why would he not do it?"