HBO ‘Would Prefer’ Trump Not Use ‘Game Of Thrones’ To Tout Foreign Policy

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Cast and crew of Game of Thrones pose with their Outstanding Drama Series awards in the press room on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
November 2, 2018 2:47 p.m.

You know nothing, Don Snow.

HBO is not thrilled with President Trump’s adaptation of one of its trademark slogans for “Game of Thrones” to tout his administration’s plans to levy sanctions against Iran following the President’s decision to pull out of an Obama-era agreement with the country.

In a statement to TPM on Friday, the network said it didn’t give Trump permission to use the meme and “would prefer” that “Winter is Coming” not be misused for political strategy outside of Westeros.

“We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes,” an HBO spokesperson said.

The network later mocked the ordeal on Twitter.

In his tweet, Trump likened himself to the character Jon Snow and cryptically alluded to new sanctions against Iran, which the administration officially announced earlier on Friday. Trump has not hidden his intentions to pull the U.S. out of the nuclear arms deal, an agreement he’s labeled the “worst” in history.”

“Game Of Thrones” star Sophie Turner — who hasn’t hesitated to give Trump flak in the past  — offered a succinct rebuke of the tweet.

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