White House Advised to Keep Deleted Trump Tweets

National Archives reassures senators
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2017 12:33 AM CDT
Trump has tweeted more than 350 times as president.   (Twitter)

(Newser) – The National Archives wants to preserve all of President Trump's tweets for the historical record—including ones deleted because of misspellings. Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero wrote in a letter to Sens. Claire McCaskill and Tom Carper that the White House has been advised to "capture and preserve all tweets that the president posts in the course of his official duties," including deleted ones, ABC News reports. The Democratic senators wrote to the National Archives last month expressing concern that Trump might not be complying with the Presidential Records Act of 1978.

Trump has been criticized for deleting misspelled tweets, including one on Inauguration Day in which he said he was "honered" to serve the American people. Ferriero says he has been assured by the White House that all of Trump's tweets are being preserved, and that contrary to media reports, White House staffers have been banned from using apps that do not preserve emails, the AP reports. A Washington Post analysis of Trump's tweets finds that while he has remained a prolific tweeter since becoming president, his habit of using two, three, or even 15 exclamation points at the end of sentences stopped as soon as he became president—though single exclamation marks still appear in almost 60% of his tweets. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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