Donald Trump’s deleted tweets to be archived for the wonder of future generations
President Trump and Twitter go together like peanut butter and turpentine
Every time Trump deletes a typo-filled tweet, a kitten dies.
But at least the White House is keeping a record of those deleted tweets.
David S. Ferriero, head of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), sent a letter to Democratic senators Tom Carper (DE) and Claire McCaskill (MO) last week in response to a note that the pair had sent to Defense Secretary James Mattis in February about the security of President Trump’s phone and the proper archiving of Trump’s many, many tweets.
I look forward to hearing from @DeptofDefense about the protective measures being taken for President Trump’s use of a personal smartphone pic.twitter.com/47cZeSn1bw
— Senator Tom Carper (@SenatorCarper) February 13, 2017
In his March 30, 2017 letter, according to the Associated Press Monday, Ferriero says the White House told the archives department that, sure, of course they’re archiving every one of Trump’s tweets, including the deleted ones — even though there are no details as to how, exactly, they’re doing so.
A few weeks ago, the Committee on Government Oversight and Reform followed Carper and McCaskill’s lead, sending the White House a letter expressing concern about the way Trump deletes those typo-filled tweets, preventing them from being cataloged properly by the Presidential Records Act.
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That act was implemented in 1978, after the Watergate scandal, making presidential archives public and putting them under the care of NARA. And with the expansion of social media — and the president’s use of it — so, too, must specialists file away all those tweets.
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If all else fails — or if the Trump administration is not being nearly as vigilant as they claim to be — at least someone is keeping track of those deleted missives. Pro Publica has been tracking Trump’s deleted tweets since he joined the presidential campaign in June 2015.