Sean Spicer Stokes "Covfefe" Conspiracy Theories, Because Why Not?

The White House is keeping America guessing about the meaning-if there is any-of President Donald Trump's enigmatic overnight tweet about "covfefe" that immediately shot to meme stardom.

The tweet, sent at 12:06 a.m., was favorited almost 10,000 times in one minute and drew ridicule of online Trump critics. The White House said at the time that Mr Obama was permitted to keep his BlackBerry through a compromise which allowed him to stay in touch with senior White House staffers and a small group of personal friends.

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For Trump and Spicer in the age of digital and social media, this "is not an issue that can be avoided by having your lawyer do the talking", Mark Hass, Arizona State University Professor of Practice in Strategic Communications, told VOA.

"No", he answered gruffly, adding the extraordinary claim: "I think the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant". There's a risk that the president may say something different in an interview or a tweet during or after the press conference, he said. And then Trump's Twitter account went silent for several hours.

Trump tweeted just after midnight Eastern time on Wednesday: "Despite the constant negative press covfefe". A characteristic Spicer response, it raised more questions than it answered, including what did the president mean and who are the members of this exclusive Club Covfefe.

Most people are not buying Spicer's explanation of the viral gaffe.

Fresh off Trump's first official trip overseas, his administration is looking for ways to respond more aggressively to allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and revelations of possible ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

And while the White House is usually prepared to pass off such responsibility to an appointed press secretary, Spicer isn't doing much better to communicate the administration's agenda, according to respondents. The fact that Michael Dubke, the White House's communications director, resigned cut:[from that position] earlier this month, and that his decision became public Tuesday, has only stoked such speculation.

  • Joey Payne