Trump brought attention to sanctions that will be imposed on Iran this coming Monday. He did so by parodying HBO’s Game of Thrones.
“The rollout initially was executed in traditional Washington fashion: a conference call, a press release, a formal White House tweet.” Trump formally informed every one of his intent to impose a final round of sanctions on Iran and then found a way to get the public interested with his parody.
“President@realDonaldTrump is reimposing all sanctions lifted under the unacceptable Iran deal. The U.S. is reimposing the toughest sanctions ever on Iran, targeting many of the corrupt regime’s critical sectors.”
“The United States has launched a campaign of economic pressure to deny the regime the funds it needs to advance its bloody agenda!”
The United States has launched a campaign of economic pressure to deny the regime the funds it needs to advance its bloody agenda! https://t.co/0yuYgpvq5i
HBO and the stars of the show were not amused by his creativity.
“We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes,” said HBO in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.”
Maise Williams who plays Arya Stark tweeted “Not Today” when she came upon it. Her co-actor, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa said “ew.”
But the tweet worked as it brought attention to the fact that the U.S. is once again imposing sanctions on Iran until they come are willing to seek peace.
The sanctions will be “on Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors. 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.”
Trump said that in addition to the November sanctions, the U.S. “will pursue additional sanctions, tougher than ever before, to counter the entire range of Iran’s malign conduct.”
“Any individual or entity who fails to comply with these sanctions will face severe consequences,” he warned.
HBO may be angry but Trump informed the public better than a normal statement would have.