Democrats file a bill to have the president’s tweets documented in the National Archives
Democratic Congressman Mike Quigley, who co-chairs the Transparency Caucus, presented a bill called “Covfefe” Monday to have US President Donald Trump‘s tweets documented in the National Archives.
The proposal, called as a nonexistent word with which Trump spoke a few weeks ago on Twitter, amends the Presidential Documents Act to include the term “social networks” as documentary material.
Elected public officials must answer for what they do and what they say, and this includes tweets of 140 characters “
“To maintain public confidence in the government, elected officials must respond for what they do and what they say, and this includes 140-character tweets,” Quigley said in a statement today.
“President Trump’s frequent and unprotected use of his personal Twitter as an official means of communication is unprecedented. If the president is going to use social networks to make sudden public proclamations about his policies, we must ensure that those statements are documented and preserved for future reference, “he added.
The frequent use and without filters that President Trump makes of his personal Twitter like means of official communication is unprecedented “
The congressman also stressed that tweets are “powerful and the president must be held accountable for each publication.”
In 2014, the National Archives of the United States published a guide with the indication that social networks deserve to be part of historical records as well.
The bill takes the name of a message written by the president last past midnight on May 31, with a word non-existent and apparently incomplete, which triggered many mockery in the network. “Despite the constant ‘covfefe’ of the press,” the message said. Possibly wanted to write “coverege”, or “coverage” in Spanish. In fact Trump himself wanted to get the point out and encouraged hours later Twitter users to guess the true meaning of the strange word.
“In spite of the constant” negative press cove “, he tweeted Trump, who presumably wanted to write” coverage “instead of the non-existent word” cofever. ”
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said last week that the president “is the most effective messenger” on his agenda and that Twitter has become for him a “very, very effective tool” to “speak directly” to the citizens.
The president “is the most effective messenger”
Spicer recalled that Trump was already criticized for his tweets during the election campaign and that he “went very well,” in reference to his victory in the November election.
Contrary to other White House spokesmen and advisers, Spicer said that since he is the president of the United States, Trump’s tweets are to be considered “official statements.”
Trump’s communications team and its advisors have long sought to contain Twitter, because on many occasions the tycoon contradicts or rejects in his tweets the official message that the White House is trying to convey. According to The Wall Street Journal recently, the White House is considering putting in the hands of lawyers overseeing the messages that Trump publishes in his Twitter account.