House 'covfefe' bill would save presidential tweets

  • House 'covfefe' bill would save presidential tweets

House 'covfefe' bill would save presidential tweets

Case in point, Rep. Mike Quigley of IL who introduced the not-so-cleverly named "Covfefe Act" that seeks to make it illegal for President Trump to delete his tweets.

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

Given the makeup of the Congress, it is likely no more than another shot across the bow at the President for an itchy twitter finger.

The law would bar the prolifically tweeting president from deleting his posts, as he has sometimes done. But that doesn't mean we can't make it into another legislative acronym, this time inspired by President Trump's Twitter habits.

"If the president is going to take to social media to make sudden public policy proclamations, we must ensure that these statements are documented and preserved for future reference", the statement said. Another concern relates to President Trump's frequent deletion of tweets. It was a seemingly honest answer, given following Trump's attacks on London mayor Sadiq Khan in the immediate aftermath of the London attacks, but not one that makes things any easier for the administration.

The president's mischaracterization of Khan's words drew a sharp rebuke from the mayor, as well as questions on the relevance of Trump's tweets. The White House responded that they already do so, but did not elaborate.

Last week, Spicer confirmed they should be taken as official presidential statements.

Trump has gone back and forth between using his @realDonaldTrump account and @POTUS for different purposes.

The National Archives also advised the White House earlier this year to preserve all of the president's social media posts, including those that are subsequently deleted.

Trump has often used his personal account to make major announcements, like unveiling his recent Air Traffic Control Initiative or his intention to nominate Christopher Wray as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

On Tuesday, the president wrote that it's necessary "for certain risky countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!"

For one fateful night in May, for one fateful night, the internet was gripped by a freakish pronouncement by the president of the United States ― namely, Donald Trump's cryptic "covfefe" tweet, which became an overnight sensation.

In light of the President's use of Twitter as a daily means of communicating directly with the public, Quigley's bill reignites a long-running conversation about the extent of presidential record-keeping and transparency.