Donald Trump posted a mock 'Game of Thrones' poster implying that there will be new sanctions on Iran — and the stars of the show are not having it

realDonaldTrump/TwitterLike winter, but different.

On Friday, Donald Trump posted a mock “Game of Thrones” graphic on Twitter, suggesting that new sanctions against Iran are forthcoming. “Sanctions are coming. November 5,” says the poster, which is superimposed over an image of Trump.

The font used on the image appears to be the same one as the HBO program uses in promotional materials – and HBO and the stars of the show are not happy.

Trump’s message is a riff on “Winter is coming,” a phrase repeated throughout the series. In a statement provided to INSIDER, a representative for HBO said the network was “not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes.”

Trump’s message is a riff on “Winter is coming,” a phrase repeated throughout the series. In a statement provided to INSIDER, a representative for HBO said the network was “not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes.”

HBO also responded to the situation on Twitter.


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Stars of the show took to social media to criticise Trump’s tweet.

On Twitter, Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on “Game of Thrones” was quick to shut Trump down. “Not today,” she said in response to his post.

Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the program, responded “ew” to Trump’s tweet and retweeted a news story about the situation.

In a since-deleted tweet, Georg RR Martin, the series’ author, also responded to the tweet with a graphic of his own in which he urged people to vote on November 6.

Grr speakingGRRMspeaking/TwitterHe has since deleted the reply.

In other corners of the social media platform, Trump’s post was turned into a meme.

The sanctions, which are scheduled to take effect Monday, as previously announced by the Treasury Department, will pertain to Iran’s shipping, financial, and energy sectors.

UPDATE: November 2, 2018: This post was updated to include a tweet from George RR Martin.

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