Trump Can’t Stop Deleting His Tweets And Congress Has Had Enough Of It

“It has been reported Trump has deleted tweets and if those tweets were not archived, it could pose a violation of the Presidential Records Act.”

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.



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.”






Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Jonathan Ernst 

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