COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Aggieland Outfitters publicly responded to a controversial post on its Facebook account, involving President-elect Donald Trump, on Thursday.
On Tuesday, one of the company's employees posted a photo of Trump giving a thumbs up. The hand sign is synonymous with the term "Gig 'em," the sign of approval for Texas A&M Aggies.
The clothing store said in a statement that the post was meant to be "an active engagement around current events." However, the original post was taken down due to "poor timing" on the company's part.
Upon removal, Aggieland Outfitters followed up with a post that implied the employee who posted the message had been fired.
Fadi Kalaouze, the CEO of the Aggie-themed company, said the post was not entirely accurate.
"We agree the wording of the post may have led readers to infer differently," said Kalaouze. "The creator of the post has not been fired, nor has any other employee."
Both posts have been deleted from the Aggieland Outfitters Facebook page. The company apologized for the mishandling of the posts.
"Now that the election is over, it is our sincere hope that all of our elected officials and public servants work diligently to help heal a divided country, and work together to continue to lead the greatest society in history," said Kalaouze.
Aggieland Outfitters, which prides itself on providing unique, high quality Aggie apparel and gifts, has three locations in College Station, Texas, according to the company's website.
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