Fox News star Brian Kilmeade wants answers that Conway isn't willing to give, making re-emergence of that "Sanctions Are Coming" poster even more confusing.
President Donald Trump made a mysterious statement Wednesday by prominently displaying his own take on the "Game of Thrones" slogan "Winter Is Coming" at his first cabinet meeting of 2019, and Kellyanne Conway's attempt to explain it Thursday morning was as baffling as the poster itself.
The president's advisor and spokeswoman was asked on "Fox & Friends" why he had the poster sitting prominently on his desk during the televised meeting in the White House, and she didn't shed much light on the subject.
"Oh, that's just the president saying sanctions are coming November 4th," Conway said, and then sidestepped the question from Trump-friendly Fox News star Brian Kilmeade. "Look, I think the president speaking for 95 minutes and holding forth on any number of issues shows his transparency and shows he's always willing to have the press in the room."
If you're thinking, wait...what? So was Kilmeade, because he persisted. "But the poster just happened to be there or was it a message? Are sanctions coming November 4th, or what are they?"
Her next non-answer: "Well, I'll let it speak for herself, and the president will maybe be asked about that later on."
The poster first emerged to much ridicule as a Twitter meme on November 2 last year, but the date of the sanctions was November 5. It was intended to announce sanctions on Iran that had been previously revoked by President Barack Obama upon signing the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.
"Game of Thrones" stars were appalled. Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, simple tweeted, "Ew," while co-star Masiie Williams retweeted the meme with, "Not today." HBO told TMZ, "We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes."
President Trump's use of the poster this time around is just plain baffling, though. First of all, it's the beginning of January. Winter is here, and Nov. 4 is a long ways off. When sanctions were brought up, the president made no mention of plans for more.
"Iran is a much different country than it was when I became president," he said. "Iran is in trouble."
So what is happening about 10 months from now? Perhaps Conway doesn't even know. She chose to ramble on about transparency, teamwork in the Republican party, Mitt Romney and border security instead of address the elephant in the room.
At least she could agree with her "Fox & Friends" pals on this point: "It looked like a movie poster, that's certainly what people focus on."
It's a shame late-night comedians are still on holiday break, because they'd have a lot of fun with this entire situation.
Trump moved on to a new meme by Thursday morning, tweeting out another dig at Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic Massachusetts senator who is considering challenging the president in the next election. The meme references her taking a DNA test last year to back her claim that she has Native American blood in her family.