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This Democrat wants to make Trump's tweets presidential record with the COVFEFE Act


Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Illinois) majorly trolled President Trump on Monday by introducing The Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement (COVFEFE) Act, a bill that would designate Trump's social media posts as a presidential record. 

The bill, which has the same name as the now infamous typo Trump tweeted last month, would amend the Presidential Records Act to include "social media."

Presidential records must be preserved, so this bill would make it illegal for Trump to delete his tweets.

Quigley argued the tweets represent official statements and shouldn't be deleted. 

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

"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,” he added.  

Trump's "Covfefe" tweet instantly became an internet meme and made the rounds on late-night comedy shows. 

Most people took the tweet to be a typo, but when asked about it at a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, "The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant."

In January, National Archives spokesperson Miriam Kleiman told the Associated Press that social media posts would qualify as presidential records, but that statement is not explicitly spelled out in the law, the Hill reported.

Last week, Spicer said Trump's tweets should be considered official presidential statements.  

"The president is president of the United States, so they are considered official statements by the president of the United States,” he said.

This is the second time Quigley has introduced a bill with a title trolling the president. 

In March, he introduced the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act, which would require the White House to publish its visitor logs. 

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