Rep. Mike Quigley acquainted legislation Monday with order presidential social media posts — including President Trump’s much-discussed tweets — as presidential records.
The Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement (COVFEFE) Act, which has an indistinguishable acronym from a notorious Trump Twitter typo last month, would amend the Presidential Records Act to include “social media.”
Presidential records must be protected, as per the Presidential Records Act, which would make it conceivably 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 an announcement.
A great many people took the “covfefe” tweet to be a grammatical mistake, even though press secretary Sean Spicer told the media that the term was utilized deliberately. “The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant,” he said.
In January, National Archives representative Miriam Kleiman told the Associated Press that social media posts would qualify as presidential records. However, that announcement is not unequivocally explained in the law.
The White House, Trump surrogates and GOP congressmen have issued differing opinions on how truly the president’s tweets ought to be taken. In any case, the White House as of late elucidated that web-based social networking ought to be considered as official correspondence from the president.
A week ago, Spicer affirmed they ought to be taken as official presidential proclamations.
“The president is president of the United States, so they are considered official statements by the president of the United States,” he said.
COVFEFE marks Quigley’s second utilization of an acronym to poke at President Trump. His Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act would drive the president to make the White House guest logs public.