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Illinois Dem Introduces 'Covfefe Act' to Keep Trump Tweets Preserved

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By    |   Monday, 12 Jun 2017 01:24 PM

Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., has introduced the "COVFEFE Act," to amend the President Records Act to include social media such as President Donald Trump's posts on Twitter.

The bill would make sure that a president's social media posts are preserved, according to a statement from Quigley Monday.

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

"Tweets are powerful, and the President must be held accountable for every post," the statement added.

The official presidential Twitter account @POTUS is already being archived. Quigley's bill would include Trump's personal account, @RealDonaldTrump, noting that deleted tweets would also be preserved.

The act is named "COVFEFE" as a reference to the president's apparent typo in a May 31 tweet that led to the word becoming the top trend on Twitter Wednesday morning, according to The Hill.

The first tweet was deleted, but Trump referenced it in a follow-up.

The title of Quigley's proposed legislation is an acronym of "covfefe," Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement.

Quigley is the co-founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Transparency Caucus. In March, he and four senators introduced legislation calling for the Trump administration to disclose visitor logs at the White House and at Trump properties where the president conducts official business.

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Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., has introduced the "COVFEFE Act," to amend the President Records Act to include social media such as President Donald Trump's posts on Twitter.
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