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A motorcade SUV vehicle transporting President Donald Trump leaves the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Sunday, May 7, 2017. AP photo


The woman who flipped her middle finger to President Donald Trump's motorcade last week got fired for it.

The photo showed Juli Briskman from behind, riding her bike and extending the digit as Trump's motorcade left a golf course in Sterling, Va. 

Briskman, 50, said she was thinking of the suffering in Puerto Rico, Trump suspending ads for open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act and other issues. She said she followed her instincts while she was on her usual biking path.

The photo went viral on social media. But her employer, government contractor Akima LLC, was not pleased. She told her employer's human resources department when she went to work last Monday. On Tuesday, her bosses told her she violated social media policy by using the image as her profile picture on Facebook and Twitter.

Briskman pointed out that she was off-duty when the photograph was taken and that she didn't mention her employer on social media. She still was fired.

She also questioned how the company's social media policy is enforced.  She was in charge of the firm's social media presence during her six months tenure. Over the summer, she said, she found a public comment on Facebook by a senior director at the company. In a discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement, the director wrote: "You're a f------ Libtard a------," and used his profile that identified him repeatedly as an employee of the firm.

Briskman flagged the exchange to senior management. The middle-aged executive, who had been with the company for seven years, cleaned up the comment and kept his job, she told The Washington Post.

Amanda St. Amand • 314-340-8201

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