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Washington – US President Donald Trump’s tweets would be preserved as presidential records if a Democratic lawmaker’s proposed COVFEFE Act becomes law.

Representative Mike Quigley of Illinois introduced on Monday an Act that would amend the Presidential Records Act and require the National Archives to store presidential tweets and other social media interactions.

Quigley, a member of the House intelligence committee, said: “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,” he added.

The law would bar the prolifically tweeting president from deleting his posts, as he has sometimes done. This has inspired websites archiving his erased tweets.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said last week that Trump’s tweets “are considered official statements by the president of the United States.”

Trump, who has more than 32 million followers on Twitter, is known for messages on the social media site that are sometimes riddled with spelling and grammar mistakes.

Trump famously sent a tweet on May 31 with the word COVFEFE. The message remained on the internet for hours, spurring a wave of speculation. The tweet was deleted afterwards.

Spicer, asked at a news briefing at the time whether people should be concerned about the covfefe tweet, said, “no” and added, “I think the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.”