Donald Trump Tweets 'Covfefe,' Confusing and Polarizing the Internet

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A nonsensical tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump has Washington D.C. pundits speculating what he means. Twitter

Updated | Everyone makes mistakes online, even the president of the United States. But the world is now wondering why a nonsensical tweet from Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account hadn’t been deleted hours after it went out just after midnight ET Wednesday.

Nearly a day after he last tweeted, the president wrote: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” His previous tweet was nearly 24 hours prior, when he retweeted a Fox News story that defended Jared Kushner over allegations that Trump’s son-in-law attempted to set up back channel communications with Moscow. The tweet remained untouched for almost six hours before it was removed at around 5.50 a.m. ET.

Despite the late hour in the U.S., Twitter users went wild with speculation over what the president meant by “covfefe.”

Some of his supporters said it shows he’s only human. “Covfefe was not poll tested or focus grouped,” wrote Conservative CNN commentator Kayleigh McEnany‏ on Twitter, noting it’s “another reason our @POTUS is simply great! He's human. He's real. He's just like us!”

Critics, including former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, wondered why the message wasn’t deleted quickly. “We all have made mistakes on twitter, but its continued presence is strange,” McFaul tweeted.

Besides including a nonsensical word, the tweet seemed as if the president had stopped writing mid thought. This left people online speculating what he might’ve meant and they quickly filled the void with jokes, some buying up license plates and selling shirts with the “covfefe” phrase.

The son of Trump’s fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn tweeted out “Long live covfefe.”

This isn’t the first nonsensical tweet from the president that has thrown Washington D.C. pundits for a loop. Yet when Trump tweeted the single word “We” in early May—after a week of tweets defending his firing of former FBI Director James Comey and suggesting he may have “tapes” of their conversations—the post was quickly deleted.

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The president has described the social media platform as his direct line to his base and journalists and commentators religiously monitor it for whatever insight the president’s missives offer into his thinking. He most often uses it to combat stories about the FBI’s ongoing Russia investigations and what he deems “fake news,” and has repeatedly used it to attack the media as “dishonest.”

The tweet came less than a day after reports revealed the Trump administration's chief public relations figure Mike Dubke had quit and several hours after a combative press conference in which press secretary Sean Spicer fielded questions on the Kushner allegations and his own job.

The president is looking to shake up his media strategy in light of the ongoing investigations into whether his campaign assisted Russian efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. His former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is being considered for a position combating bombshell stories.

Some of the president’s tweets have confounded his communications team, including those in March in which Trump suggested that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Under consideration in the media team shake-up is whether Trump’s tweets need to be vetted by a team of lawyers.

One of Trump’s advisers told the Wall Street Journal anonymously, that the proposal would be to ensure Trump’s tweets “don’t go from the president’s mind out to the universe.” Until then, however, it seems that will keep happening.

This article has been updated as the tweet has since been deleted.