"Covfefe"-there's a congressional act for that now"

Illinois Rep. introduces 'COVFEFE' bill to archive Trump tweets

Illinois Rep. introduces 'COVFEFE' bill to archive Trump tweets

A Democratic congressman from IL has introduced a bill named for President Donald Trump's infamous "covfefe" tweet with the goal of ensuring presidential social media posts are archived.

Quigley, who is a co-founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, went on to note that the National Archives had released guidance stating that social media merits historical recording.

"In order to maintain public trust in government, elected officials must answer for what they do and say; this includes 140-character tweets", said Quigley.

President Trump later deleted the tweet and followed up with another tweet asking Twitter what "covfefe" actually meant.

Quigley laid out his rationale for the bill in a statement, saying it's imperative that Trump's tweets be "documented and preserved for future reference".

"COVFEFE" is a typo President Donald Trump made in a tweet on May 31 which quickly became a viral hit on social media.

The word itself comes from a mysterious tweet by President Trump, but in the legislation, it stands for "Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically For Engagement Act".

Last week, Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the White House press corps that Trump's tweets should be considered official presidential statements.

Donald Trump's infamous early-morning "covfefe" tweet which he rapidly deleted might have prompted a law to stop the President from erasing erroneous messages.

This is Quigley's second bill with a tongue-in-cheek jab at the president.

It would also make the deletion of posts a violation of the presidential record.

The Illinois representative has suggested that the Presidential Records Act be amended to get the National Archives to document presidential tweets and other social media interactions.

Spicer, asked at a news briefing at the time whether people should be concerned about the covfefe tweet, said, "no" and added, 'I think the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant'.

But the White House recently clarified that social media should be taken as official communication from the president.

This is not the first cleverly titled Trump-targeted bill Quigley has introduced.

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