Mueller report: HBO slams Trump’s Game of Thrones tweet
HBO is once again asking the president to stop trying to siphon off the success of Game of Thrones.
The network put out a statement condemning Donald Trump’s tweet that plays off the hugely popular fantasy hit in an attempt to frame the conclusions of Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“Though we can understand the enthusiasm for Game of Thrones now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes,” HBO said.
On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
The tweet uses a font used by GoT along with “Game” to riff on the show’s branding.
Mueller’s report found that — regarding the accusation that Trump’s team colluded with Russia — “members of the Trump campaign knew they would benefit from Russia’s illegal actions to influence the election, but didn’t take criminal steps to help.”
As to whether Trump obstructed justice, the report “was unable to determine ‘that no criminal conduct occurred.’” The report added that Congress can continue to investigate Trump.
Last November, the president did another Thrones-inspired tweet to announce “Sanctions Are Coming” to Iran.
To which HBO responded at the time: “We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes.”