Iran’s Major General Qassem Soleimani has fired back at US President Donald Trump’s use of a meme imitated from popular American drama series "Game of Thrones" with one of his own, vowing to “stand against” American sanctions.
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The commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) posted on Friday an Instagram photo inspired by the book series-turned-HBO hit show, which reads, “I will stand against you” in the show’s signature font, as used in Trump’s tweet earlier in the day threatening Tehran with more sanctions.
The photo was widely viewed as a direct response to the US president's own Westeros-inspired tweet that read, "Sanctions are coming November 5."
The post came shortly after the Trump administration announced plans to reinstate the last set of sanctions lifted on Iran under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal early next week. Trump announced in May that he was withdrawing the US from the International agreement.
The US-based cable network HBO also slammed Trump for his use of the show’s slogan – ‘Winter is coming’ – to promote his administration’s foreign policy agenda, saying it would prefer the American president not “misappropriate” their trademark.
"We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes," said an HBO spokeswoman.
The network further took to Twitter – Trump’s favorite communication channel -- and asked how to say “trademark misuse” in Dothraki, one of the show’s fictional languages.