On Friday, POTUS shared a photo on his official Twitter account featuring himself photoshopped into a meme inspired by the HBO series, which read ‘Sanctions are coming. November 5’.
The meme was a play on the famous ‘Game of Thrones’ promotional phrase, ‘Winter is coming’.
Donald Trump (pictured) shared a photo on his official Twitter account featuring himself photoshopped into a meme inspired by Game of Thrones
General Qasem Soleimani, chief of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard responded with this meme containing the caption ‘I will stand against you’ in GOT font
It was not clear who created the movie-style poster image.
But General Qasem Soleimani, chief of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, understood the cultural reference and fired back with a meme of his own.
‘I will stand against you,’ Soleimany’s Instagram post read in the Game of Thrones font.
Trump has long been a critic of the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal and withdrew the US from it earlier this year over European objections.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin formally announced the sanctions on Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors on Friday.
The sanctions will target Iran’s crude oil exports and will penalize countries that don’t stop importing oil and foreign companies that do business with certain Iranian entities.
Donald Trump (left) and General Qasem Soleimani (right) have engaged in a war of words on the US-imposed sanctions on Iran by exchanging Game of Thrones inspired threats
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally announced the sanctions on Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors on Friday and tweeted this message on Saturday
Pompeo said that the sanctions are intended to fundamentally change the Iranian regime’s behavior.
The administration also announced that there would be eight significant reduction exemptions (SREs) for countries that haven’t completely eliminated oil imports from Iran.
The waivers will last for a six-month period and will be re-evaluated after that time is up.
The sanctions, which are to take effect on Monday, are the second such round after economic sanctions were re-introduced in August.
A promotional poster for the HBO series which Trump doctored for his own use
HBO mocked the president by tweeting ‘How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?’. The tweet referred to the language spoken by the tribe of nomadic warriors on the series.
‘GOT’ star Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, retweeted the image and said: ‘Not today’
Trump has promised that his administration is considering additional sanctions ‘to counter the entire range of Iran’s malign conduct’.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Saturday: ‘On November 5, we will place tough sanctions on #Iran’s ruling regime. Our aim is to compel Iran to abandon its destructive activities.
‘The sanctions will target the regime—not the people, who have suffered the pain of their government’s mismanagement, theft, and brutality.’
The National Iranian American Council has condemned Trump’s plan to scupper the Obama-era nuclear deal and reimpose all sanctions.
Some HBO cast members, as well as the author of the books the series were based on, weren’t fans of Donald Trump’s initial tweet and responded accordingly.
GOT star Maisie Williams, who is known on the show for her role as Arya Stark, retweeted the image and said: ‘Not today’.
HBO ridiculed the president tweeting a response to his image and said, ‘How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?’
The tweet referred to the language spoken by the tribe of nomadic warriors on the series.
The network also criticized Trump in a statement to CNN saying that they would rather the president not associate himself with their award-winning series.
‘We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes,’ they said.