White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer just had reporters roaring with laughter when he tried to claim that President Trump’s “covfefe” typo was not a misspelling.
Spicer’s comment came after a reporter asked if “people should be concerned that the president posted somewhat of an incoherent tweet last night?”
“No,” Spicer replied simply.
“Why did it stay up so long? Is no one watching this?” the reporter asked.
“The… uh… The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant,” Spicer said, inciting audible gales of laughter from reporters.
Spicer refused to explain what the made-up word meant, and abruptly switched to a different reporter.
Spicer’s defensive response is hilariously similar to predictions made by mocking Twitter users last night:
"Everyone knows #covfefe is a real word. POTUS has been very clear about his position on it." -Sean Spicer, at tomorrow's WH press briefing.
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) May 31, 2017
Spicer: Look the president has been very clear on #covfefe. I think the tweet speaks for itself. I'm not going to rehash every letter today.
— Claire Wisely (@Claire_Wisely) May 31, 2017
The tweet remained up for over four hours as +107,000 people gleefully retweeted and launched the hashtag #covfefe to the top of Twitter’s trending list. While the tweet was deleted, Trump sent a follow-up tweet that seemed to suggest the typo was intentional, though it was unclear whether the president was attempting to be humorous. Spicer’s response today seems to suggest not.
Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
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