Donald Trump flaunts same knock-off ‘Game of Thrones’ poster that got him in trouble with HBO during cabinet meeting
- Trump now has a large printout of the knock-off ‘Game of Thrones’ poster that got him in trouble with HBO in November
- The poster features Trump under the words ‘Sanctions are Coming – which mimics the show's popular phrase ‘Winter is Coming’
A poster featuring US President Trump under the words “SANCTIONS ARE COMING” – in reference to Trump’s sanctions on Iran’s energy, shipbuilding, shipping, and banking sectors – sat on the cabinet room’s table as the president discussed the border wall, North Korea, and Islamic State.
It is the same poster that, months ago, got him in trouble with HBO for its use of Game of Thrones fonts and imagery.
Note the poster on the table in the Cabinet Room. pic.twitter.com/iHc9e5LIg1
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) January 2, 2019
While the president talked border security, reporters – including Reuters’ Jeff Mason, who shared an image of the poster – and other onlookers couldn’t help but notice the large poster that mimics the famous Thrones phrase “Winter is coming”.
In November, Trump shared the same image on his Twitter account, earning him swift rebuke from the show’s stars and HBO, who asked him to stop using Game of Thrones imagery.
In a statement to BUSINESS INSIDER at that time, an HBO spokesperson said the network does not support Trump using the show for political gain and was “not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes”.
HBO hasn’t issued any comments on the poster’s resurfacing yet.
How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?
— HBO (@HBO) November 2, 2018
Games of Thrones actresses Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams also tweeted against the president’s use of their show’s style in November.
“Not today,” Williams said in response to his post. Turner responded “ew” to the tweet.
Twitter users were quick to respond to Trump’s new use of the poster, with some pointing out that HBO “is gonna love that”.
During the meeting, Trump talked border security and said “walls work” in reference to the US-Mexico border wall (not the fictitious Game of Thrones wall, which is the only barrier between Westeros and the infamous White Walkers).
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