A Nashville traffic control device operator who claims President Donald Trump is not the president is fired after he complained about the president during an interaction with police officers.
The employee, who asked to remain anonymous, told NBC News he called Metro Nashville Police Department to complain about the police department’s handling of traffic on Wednesday, Dec. 20.
“They told me that Trump is the president of the United States, and I am not the President of the city,” the employee said in a phone interview.
“They told us, ‘We have a policy, it says you can’t speak about the President.
We are the government.’
I said, ‘It is not a policy.
It is a directive.'”
Metro Nashville Police said in an emailed statement that it did not discipline the employee for the complaint, but the department said in the statement that the employee was terminated for violating the department’s policy.
“Metro Nashville does not tolerate harassment of any kind,” the statement read.
“We take this complaint very seriously and will fully investigate it.”
The employee did not provide any additional details about what happened, and his attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
He has said that he is concerned about the safety of officers.