'Covfefe' legislation could stop Trump deleting his tweets

Currently, Trump's tweets from his personal account do not fall under the Presidential Records Act,

'Covfefe' legislation could stop Trump deleting his tweets

US President Donald Trump makes remarks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC | Image: Ron Sachs/DPA/PA Images

Democrats are attempting to introduce legislation which will prevent President Donald Trump from deleting his tweet.

Democratic Congressman Mike Quigley introduced the so-called COVFEFE Act - "Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Enggement" - in reference to Trump's most famous typo yet, when last month he mysteriously tweeted from his personal account: "Despite the constant negative press covfefe".

Hours later, the president deleted the offending tweet.

Currently, Trump's tweets from his personal account - @realDonaldTrump - do not fall under the Presidential Records Act, which states that certain records generated by the White House do not belong to the US president, but are instead a matter of public record.

“In order to maintain public trust in government, elected officials must answer for what they do and say; this includes 140-character tweets,” said Quigley in a press release.

“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.”

When previously quizzed about the President Trump's Twitter activity, Sean Spicer said: “The president is president of the United States so they are considered official statements by the president of the United States.”