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President Donald Trump's tweeter feed is photographed on a computer screen in Washington, Monday. April 3, 2017. The National Archives is telling the White House to keep each of President Donald Trump's tweets, even those he deletes or corrects. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

The National Archives asked the White House to save all of Trump's tweets


The National Archives and Records Administration has requested that the White House save all of President Donald Trump's tweets, including all those he deletes and corrects. 

David S. Ferriero, the head of the archives, wrote a letter to two Democratic senators last week assuring them that the White House told him that it's saving Trump's Twitter rants. 

The Presidential Records Act requires correspondence of this nature to be preserved for historical purposes. 

Ferriero didn't say when the National Archives and Records Administration contacted White House officials to make sure the records were being saved, but White House officials were briefed about the law on Feb. 2. 

The letter, which was sent to Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Tom Carper of Delaware, doesn't detail how the White House plans to save Trump's tweets. 

The Obama administration had an automated system to keep track of tweets. 

McCaskill and Carper raised concerns about a set of tweets Trump deleted or altered in early March. 

They also pressed the archives about earlier reports that said White House staffers were ordered to avoid using encrypted texting apps as a way to crack down on leaks to the press.

 Ferriero said he is aware of those reports, adding that the White House "expressly forbids the use of such apps."

Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014
Federal Records Act

Trump is known for tweeting almost daily from both the official White House account and his personal account. 

He has also been known to delete tweets from his personal account. 

Just before he took the oath of office in January, he misspelled the word "honored" in a tweet and deleted it. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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