Covfefe bill aims to stop Trump deleting presidential tweets


Today (Tuesday), US Representative for Illinois Mike Quigley proposed a legislation according to which any of US President Donald Trump's statements on social networks, including from his personal Twitter account, will be included in the National Archives. It would amend the Presidential Records Act to include the term social media. "President Trump's frequent, unfiltered use of his personal Twitter account as a means of official communications is unprecedented".

It comes from a May tweet in which President Trump wrote "DESPITE THE CONSTANT NEGATIVE PRESS COVFEFE".

It felt like a simpler time when we were all marvelling at Covfefe-gate (and no we're still not 100% sure what it means), but the U.S. could actually introduce a law with the name.

Now a United States congressman has made his own meaning out of the blunder: enter the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement Act.

Donald Trump is facing action aimed at preventing him deleting his tweets - in a bill named after his infamous "covfefe" post.

His messages on the social media site are sometimes riddled with spelling and grammar mistakes.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has also looked into the matter of preserving the president's tweets earlier this year.

The half-written tweet was later deleted but the unknown word became an instant Internet sensation.

The COVFEFE Act would add social media communications as records to be preserved under the Presidential Records Act of 1978 and would charge the National Archives with logging and preserving, among other things, the President's tweets.

Asked at a news briefing at the time of the "covfefe" tweet if people should be concerned about its meaning, White House Press Secretary Sean Spiecer responded negatively.

"This morning, President Trump continued his anti-media tirade on twitter claiming the media is "wrong" and dirty".

In March, he introduced the Make Access Records Available to Lead Government Openness Act (the MAR-A-LAGO Act), which would require public visitor logs for locations where either the president or vice president conduct official business, including logs at Trump's resorts.