The 'COVFEFE Act': US lawmaker wants to preserve Donald Trump's tweets

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Quigley also noted that the National Archives previously released a guidance in 2014, which stated that social media merits historical recording.

"In order to maintain public trust in government, elected officials must answer for what they do and say; this includes 140-character tweets", Quigley said in a statement Monday.

It had already been a subject of debate whether the president's tweets, both on his official @POTUS account and his longstanding personal @realDonaldTrump account, were technically covered under the existing Presidential Records Act.

If congress gives it the okay, it would make presidential tweets and social media posts documentary material ensuring they will be preserved.

That said, whether Trump can delete tweets is just one legal nuance brought about by the president's love affair with Twitter.

Though it might feel like we've lived years since Donald Trump's "covfefe" tweet heard 'round the world, it's really only been a matter of weeks.

If adopted, the COVFEFE Act would require that the USA national archives store Trump's tweets as official presidential records.

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 "covfefe" tweet in May read, "Despite the constant negative press covfefe", said CBS News.

While Trump has not received any official warnings himself, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel issued White House social media director Dan Scavino a letter of admonishment Friday after determining that he violated the law by using an official-looking Twitter account for campaign purposes.

The half-written tweet was later deleted but the unknown word became an instant Internet sensation. If that bill's name is too long for you to remember, here's a handy acronym: COVFEFE.

The "COVFEFE Act of 2017" was put forward by Rep. Mike Quigley Monday, in an effort to amend the Presidential Records Act (PRA) to include all social media posts in the list of presidential communications that must be preserved.

In light of the President's use of Twitter as a daily means of communicating directly with the public, Quigley's bill reignites a long-running conversation about the extent of presidential record-keeping and transparency.

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