President Donald Trump is famous for reaching out to people using his favorite social media tool — Twitter. However, there have been several instances when he deleted a tweet just because of petty spelling errors.
However, two congressmen, Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), have decided to act upon the president’s habit of deleting tweets and have expressed concerns by sending a letter to Don McGahn, White House counsel. The letter also highlights the issue of Trump administration’s habit of not keeping a track of his tweets, which leads to a nontransparent use of social media.
According to Presidential Records Act, tweets and messages sent from Donald Trump’s personal account and his official @POTUS account are likely to be presidential records, therefore, they must be preserved and kept track of.
“It has been reported, however, that President Trump has deleted tweets, and if those tweets were not archived, it could pose a violation of the Presidential Records Act,” reads the letter.
The commander-in-chief has deleted his tweets several times due to spelling errors.
Just hours after assuming office, he posted a tweet informing people how honored he was with his new position. Tragically, the statement was marred with a spelling mistake.
I am honored to serve you, the great American People, as your 45th President of the United States! pic.twitter.com/BVtt7lSrlA— President Trump (@POTUS) January 21, 2017
Trump spelled "hereby" wrong. Took two minutes to correct it. Got it wrong again. Let's see if third time's the charm... pic.twitter.com/UajEXbxc1C— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) March 3, 2017
Cummings and Chaffetz further stressed in the letter to investigate whether federal officials are using personal email accounts for government business and if they are, that it is imperative for them to forward emails sent from those accounts to their government account within 20 days.
“Official business must be conducted in such a way as to preserve the official record of actions taken by the federal government and its employees,” read the letter.
The two top congressmen urged the White House to clarify its policies on such matters and also suggested the administration to conduct trainings on proper record keeping and archiving of social media, email and other electronic messaging systems.
The record keeping system under former President Barrack Obama’s tenure was very well organized as White House digital staffers instituted a system of auto-archiving tweets from the president and other top officials.
All tweets are now the property of the National Archives and Records Administration.
In January, Ezra Mechaber, a former deputy director in the White House’s office of digital strategy, tweeted, “We eventually set up auto-archiving for official platforms, so errors could be corrected while preserving the original.”
I like how the tweet about improving our education system (for our kids!) is between two misspellings. pic.twitter.com/oFduiriRFX— Mike Madden (@MikeMadden) March 3, 2017
Serious question. Can Trump legally delete Tweets? Presidential Records Act has to come into play here. https://t.co/aJxD4as5jH— Matt Spence (@mattspencedc) March 3, 2017
In the middle of THREE attempts to correctly spell "hereby" in an attack tweet, Trump tweeted about the importance of education. Irony. pic.twitter.com/v53dPnrTEY— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) March 3, 2017
Tweet Decryption: If we fix our education system, perhaps it won't take our children three tries to spell "hereby" in a tweet! https://t.co/RqVfWLHC3B— Michael Rothberg (@DecryptingTrump) March 3, 2017
@realDonaldTrump I would never delete a tweet that had a typo if it already had a thousand retweets, lol— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) March 3, 2017
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