The days of Trump deleting his embarrassing tweets may be coming to an end. In a moved that is being praised across the internet, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) introduced legislation Monday to classify presidential social media posts — including President Trump’s tweets — as presidential records.
The Illinois Democrat is using the infamous Trump Twitter typo “covfefe” as the bill acronym. The Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement (COVFEFE) Act would amend the Presidential Records Act to include “social media.”
Presidential records must be preserved, according to the Presidential Records Act, which would make it potentially illegal for the president to delete tweets.
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“President Trump’s frequent, unfiltered use of his personal Twitter account as a means of official communication is unprecedented. 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. Tweets are powerful, and the President must be held accountable for every post,” said Quigley in a statement.
Most people took the “covfefe” tweet to be a typo, although press secretary Sean Spicer told the media that the term was used intentionally.
“The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant,” he said.
Trump surrogates and GOP congressmen have issued differing opinions on how seriously the president’s tweets should be taken. But the White House recently clarified that social media should be taken as official communication from the president.
“The president is president of the United States, so they are considered official statements by the president of the United States,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer said last week.
The COVFEFE Act is Quigley’s second use of an acronym to troll President Trump. His Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act would force the president to make the White House visitor logs, as well as the visitor logs at Trump’s resorts, public.