One Democratic congressman wants to ensure all of Donald Trump’s tweets are preserved for posterity – misspellings, typos and all.
Representative Mike Quigley has introduced the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement Act – also known as the COVFEFE Act – to require the preservation of Mr Trump’s tweets by the National Archive and Records Administration (NARA).
The acronym is a tongue-in-cheek reference to one of Mr Trump’s more notorious tweets, in which he condemned “negative press covfefe,” and did not acknowledge the error for more than six hours.
Mr Quigley, however, says the act is more than just a dig at the President.
“In order to maintain public trust in government, elected officials must answer for what they do and say; this includes 140-character tweets,” the representative said in a statement.
He added, "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.”
In the months since he took office, Mr Trump’s tweets have become an increasing source of concern for Republican and Democrats alike.
The controversial orders Donald Trump has already issued
The controversial orders Donald Trump has already issued
1/9 Trump and the media
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer takes questions during the daily press briefing
2/9 Trump and the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Union leaders applaud US President Donald Trump for signing an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington DC. Mr Trump issued a presidential memorandum in January announcing that the US would withdraw from the trade deal
3/9 Trump and the Mexico wall
A US Border Patrol vehicle sits waiting for illegal immigrants at a fence opening near the US-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. The number of incoming immigrants has surged ahead of the upcoming Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, who has pledged to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. A signature campaign promise, Mr Trump outlined his intention to build a border wall on the US-Mexico border days after taking office
4/9 Trump and abortion
US President Donald Trump signs an executive order as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus looks on in the Oval Office of the White House. Mr Trump reinstated a ban on American financial aide being granted to non-governmental organizations that provide abortion counseling, provide abortion referrals, or advocate for abortion access outside of the United States
5/9 Trump and the Dakota Access pipeline
Opponents of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines hold a rally as they protest US President Donald Trump's executive orders advancing their construction, at Columbus Circle in New York. US President Donald Trump signed executive orders reviving the construction of two controversial oil pipelines, but said the projects would be subject to renegotiation
6/9 Trump and 'Obamacare'
Nancy Pelosi who is the minority leader of the House of Representatives speaks beside House Democrats at an event to protect the Affordable Care Act in Los Angeles, California. US President Donald Trump's effort to make good on his campaign promise to repeal and replace the healthcare law failed when Republicans failed to get enough votes. Mr Trump has promised to revisit the matter
7/9 Donald Trump and 'sanctuary cities'
US President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January threatening to pull funding for so-called "sanctuary cities" if they do not comply with federal immigration law
8/9 Trump and the travel ban
US President Donald Trump has attempted twice to restrict travel into the United States from several predominantly Muslim countries. The first attempt, in February, was met with swift opposition from protesters who flocked to airports around the country. That travel ban was later blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The second ban was blocked by a federal judge a day before it was scheduled to be implemented in mid-March
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9/9 Trump and climate change
US President Donald Trump sought to dismantle several of his predecessor's actions on climate change in March. His order instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to reevaluate the Clean Power Plan, which would cap power plant emissions
In recent weeks, the President attacked 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 – all via Twitter.
The President’s comments on Mr Comey, in particular, could be evidence of obstruction of justice, according to some legal experts.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that Mr Trump's frequent tweets about the FBI's investigations are "not helping" Republicans.
“You may be the first president in history to go down because you can’t stop inappropriately talking about an investigation that, if you just were quiet, would clear you,” Mr Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
The head of the National Archives Administration, David Ferriero, said in March that the White House had been advised to “capture and preserve all tweets that the President posts in the course of his official duties”.
According to Mr Quigley, however, it is unclear whether this applies to Mr Trump’s personal account, where he publishes the majority of his newsworthy missives. Mr Quigley – and likely many of his Democratic colleagues – want to ensure that happens.
“Tweets are powerful, and the President must be held accountable for every post,” the representative said.
Mr Quigley previously helped introduce the MAR-A-LAGO Act: a bill to require the publication of White House visitor logs, and a reference to Mr Trump’s South Florida estate.Reuse content