COVFEFE Act Would Save Presidential Tweets

Representative Mike Quigley of IL introduced on Monday the "Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically For Engagement" Act that would amend the Presidential Records Act and require the National Archives to store presidential tweets and other social media interactions.

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

"In order to maintain public trust in government, elected officials must answer for what they do and say; this includes 140-character tweets", Quigley, who co-founded the Congressional Transparency Caucus, said in a statement. But the deletion and others like it have raised questions about how presidents' social media should be handled and preserved. According to Ars Technica, the court used Trump's tweets on the issues to prove the "travel ban" is an excessively vague executive order that illegally targets people exclusively due to their country of origin.

Congressman Mike Quigley wants to make sure all social media posts by the president become part of the official presidential record.

Trump's frequent, unfiltered use of his personal Twitter account is "unprecedented", Quigley said.

The term "covfefe" emerged when President Donald Trump included it in a late-night tweet on May 31, writing "Despite the constant negative press covfefe".

Trump deleted the tweet - after about six hours - and appeared to make light of the situation.

National Archives and Records Administration spokeswoman Miriam Kleiman told The Associated Press in January that that Trump's tweets already are considered presidential records that need to be preserved for historic purposes, but had never addressed the issue of deleted tweets.

The morning after the deadly attack at London Bridge on June 3, Trump used the platform to attack the city's mayor for saying there was "no reason to be alarmed", a statement Mayor Sadiq Khan made in the context of reassuring residents about a heightened police presence.

Trump has used his personal account to comment on official presidential business as well as tweak his opponents since he has been in office.

Trump, who has more than 32 million followers on Twitter for his eight-year-old personal @realDonaldTrump profile, is known for messages on the social media site that are sometimes riddled with spelling and grammar mistakes. In March, the Illinois Democrat submitted the MAR-A-LAGO act, a bill to expand the keeping of visitor logs for Presidential meetings outside of the White House.

  • Zachary Reyes