Who would have thought that “covfefe,” a mysterious term tweeted by President Trump, would become an acronym for legislation.
A Democratic U.S. lawmaker on Monday introduced a bill that would amend the Presidential Records Act to include social media as documentary material, ensuring that these online posts are preserved.
Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois is calling the act COVFEFE, which stands for the “Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement.”
— Mike Quigley (@RepMikeQuigley) June 12, 2017
The name of the act stems from a tweet that Trump sent and then deleted last month in which the president wrote “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” The word covfefe appears to be a typo for the word coverage, but Trump kept the mystery alive afterward on Twitter.
Some political strategists have noted that some of Trump’s tweets, including the one about covfefe, are distracting from more important issues like health care reform.
Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Quigley’s office notes that they have two concerns: Trump is using a personal Twitter account instead of the official @POTUS account for government business and he’s been deleting some of his tweets as president.
Politwoops, which tracks deleted tweets, shows that Trump has deleted 18 tweets since he took office.
The bill would also clarify that presidential records include documentary materials from any personal or official social media account.
“Including social media in the Presidential Records Act ensures that deleted tweets are documented for archival purposes, and makes deleting tweets a violation of the Presidential Records Act, subject to disciplinary action,” Quigley’s office wrote in a press release.
In 2014, the National Archives informed federal agencies that social media records, including tweets, are likely federal records and must comply with management laws, regulations and policies.
Photo Credit: In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump has singled out a number of companies individually, including General Motors Co., before and after winning the U.S. presidential election.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)