If the Trump universe could get any more bizarre, it did so on Wednesday when the president showed off a movie poster of himself on his desk, inspired by “Game of Thrones.”
The poster made an appearance during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday in which President Trump ping-ponged between topics that included the government shutdown, North Korea and his generals looking better than Tom Cruise. In fact, during the off-the-rails discussion, the wacky poster was the only constant.
Trump displayed the poster facing away from him, ensuring that it would be picked up by the cameras and giggled about by the press.
Here’s a picture of that madness:
Not sure what's crazier: That Trump is using a stupid Game of Thrones reference to threaten sanctions, or that he's obviously had that poster since at LEAST October (photo via AP) pic.twitter.com/NZaRoHw0NQ
— Josh K. Elliott (@joshkelliott) January 2, 2019
Here’s another photo of it. This one is from a bit of a distance so you can get a grasp of how large that artwork is and how it dominates the entire table.
Inside the White House Cabinet Room on the large table, a poster-sized printing of the President's 11/2 "Sanctions are Coming" tweet sits on table. (credit: radio pooler @jduckham) pic.twitter.com/3UWgA34tJ3
— Steve Dorsey (@steve_dorsey) January 2, 2019
The poster read “Sanctions are Coming” — a play on the “Winter is Coming” motto of the show — and was probably aimed at Iran, though it can sometimes be difficult to figure out who Trump is trying to punish economically.
The poster originally appeared last November when Trump sent it out in a tweet:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2018
During the meeting, Trump maintained that he’s going to get his wall built one way or another. At one point, he said bluntly, “walls work.”
Online, some commenters had different takes, including the Washington Post’s Robert Costa who pointed out that the wall in Game of Thrones’ most recent season fails to stop an army of the undead.
The poster is a play off "Game of Thrones."
I don't want to spoil it, but the wall in "Game of Thrones" has… some trouble in season 7. I'll leave it there.https://t.co/avV0wdEK7v
— Robert Costa (@costareports) January 2, 2019
When Trump first tweeted out the image, HBO said in a statement “We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes.”
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