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Trump Shows Off ‘Game of Thrones’ Themed Poster In Cabinet Meeting: ‘Sanctions Are Coming’

President Donald Trump showed off his Game of Thrones-themed poster about sanctions against Iran during a White House cabinet meeting today.

Earlier this afternoon, images started emerging of the president sitting at an Oval Office meeting with the poster in front of him on the table. Last November, Trump foreshadowed Iran sanctions by tweeting the poster, which featured the words “Sanctions are coming” along with the date November 5—a reference to the HBO show’s famous House Stark tagline “Winter Is Coming” and the date when anti-Iran sanctions will be reinstated.

 

In a statement, HBO rebuked Trump’s use of their materials. “We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes,” the company said after the president’s November tweet. The network’s Twitter account also commented on Trump’s tweet: “How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?”

A few Game of Thrones actors also expressed their disapproval of Trump’s power.

“Ew,” Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, replied on Twitter. While Arya Stark actress Maisie Williams responded: “Not today.”

Earlier that fall, the Trump administration announced that all Iran sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal will be reimposed—after the president pulled out of the deal in May. The sanctions penalize countries that continue to import Iranian oil and corporations that deal with blacklisted Iranian entities. Its range covers Iran’s energy, financial and shipping sectors.

At the time, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made the announcement and declared that the sanctions will be in place until Iran fulfills certain demands, including cracking down on terrorism, ending their nuclear ballistic missile development program and pulling military engagement from Syria.

During Trump’s first cabinet meeting of 2019, the president downplayed the recent stock market turbulence as a “glitch” and gave Kanye West, one of his prominent celebrity supporters, a shout-out.

GettyImages-1076549850 U.S. President Donald Trump leads a meeting of his Cabinet, including 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 02. Getty/Chip Somodevilla

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