“Tweets are powerful, and the President must be held accountable for every post.”
President Donald Trump sure loves Twitter! This is why Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) introduced the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement Act, which would preserve all of Trump’s tweets as presidential record.
Yes, the acronym is COVFEFE to mock Trump’s infamous tweet when he wrote “Despite the constant negative covfefe.” The word took off online.
Trump caused even more of a stir when he followed that tweet with this one:
To make matters worse, Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed it was not a typo, but that Trump “and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.”
National Archives spokesperson Miriam Kleiman said in January “that social media posts would qualify as presidential records, but that statement is not explicitly spelled out in the law.”
So why not make it a law?
The Hill reported:
Presidential records must be preserved, according to the Presidential Records Act, which would make it potentially illegal for the president to delete tweets.
“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.
But Trump uses his personal account for the majority of his tweets and uses the presidential account for the more serious tweets. Quigley wants this law to apply to both accounts.
As The Independent points out, Trump has used Twitter to lash out at “the mayor of London, deemed his executive order on travel restrictions a ‘travel ban,’ and threatened former FBI Director James Comey with ‘tapes’ of their conversations.”DONATE
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