The picture, snapped by a White House photographer traveling with the president as he left his golf course in Sterling, Va., went viral almost immediately. [...]
The woman's name is Juli Briskman. Her employer, government contractor Akima LLC, wasn't so happy about the photo. They fired her over it. [...] By Tuesday, her bosses called her into a meeting and said she had violated the company's social media policy by using the photo as her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook.
"They said, 'We're separating from you,'" said Briskman. "Basically, you cannot have 'lewd' or 'obscene' things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off 'obscene.'"
Briskman, who worked in marketing and communications at Akima for just over six months, said she emphasized to the executives that she wasn't on the job when the incident happened and that her social media pages don't mention her employer. They told her that because Akima was a government contractor, the photo could hurt their business, she said. [...]
Let's hope so!
Despite getting fired, she said she has no regrets about the attention her public show of displeasure with Trump received. In fact, she said she's happy to be an image of protest that resonates with many Americans.
"In some ways, I'm doing better than ever," she said. "I'm angry about where our country is right now. I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something."