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Trump displays Game of Thrones-style poster at Cabinet meeting; Twitter reacts

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Trump leads a meeting of his Cabinet, in the Cabinet Room at the White House on Jan. 2. (Photo: Getty Images)

President Trump held a Cabinet meeting for TV cameras on Wednesday afternoon, but it was a curious prop got the most reaction on Twitter.

Spread out on the table in front of Trump was what appeared to be a poster-sized printout of a meme he tweeted a few months ago: A takeoff on Game of Thrones’ logo and most popular catchphrase. “Sanctions are Coming,” read the text over a picture of the president. “November 5.”

Trump originally tweeted the graphic ahead of increasing sanctions on Iran.

The poster’s presence today raised many questions, considering that this is January and that Trump was talking mostly not about Iran sanctions but his long-promised, repeatedly rebuffed-by-Congress border wall, over which he has partially shut down the federal government for 12 days.

First, there was a bit of disbelief.

Then some pointed out that if Trump intended the meme to be a statement on the border wall negotiations, there was some unhelpful irony in it. Noted Washington Post correspondent Robert Costa: “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.”

“Walls Work, Trump Says In Front Of Poster Parodying Show Based On Premise That They Don’t,” said Twitter user Brandon Hardin.

As far as Trump’s intentions in displaying the poster, the president provided no help on that front: He didn’t address it during the 95-minute meeting.

Democrats have criticized Trump for refusing to sign a continuing resolution to keep the government open, which was passed by the Republican-held Senate, forcing a showdown over the wall. Considering that a majority of Americans don’t support a wall, and the Republican-controlled House and Senate refused to fund it, they say it’s a function of his own ego. Some Twitter users said the poster display was more of the same.

HBO didn’t immediately comment about Trump’s appropriation of their hit show. But in November, the network scolded him about the version he tweeted. “We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes,” a network spokesperson said then.

Last year, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin compared Trump to the saga’s petulant, sadistic teenage King Joffrey. “I think Joffrey is now the king in America,” said Martin. “And he’s grown up just as petulant and irrational as he was when he was 13 in the books.”

Today, Entertaiment Weekly recalled that one of its reporters was on the Game of Thrones set on Election Day 2016, when one of the show’s writers took issue with the Trump/Joffrey comparison: “People keep writing that his election is ‘just like Game of Thrones,'” said the unnamed scribe. “F— you. Even Joffrey spoke in articulate sentences. I prefer Westeros, where politics makes sense.”

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