Trump cryptic tweet 'covfefe' trending on Twitter

Published: May 31, 2017
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US President Donald Trump.PHOTO: REUTERS

US President Donald Trump.PHOTO: REUTERS

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Not for the first time, a Donald Trump tweet has lit up the internet. But this time, users the world over have been left scratching their heads over “covfefe”: a bizarre word apparently created by the president.

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“Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” read the US leader’s now deleted short tweet sent early Wednesday.

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Was it an acronym? A secret message? Or just a typo?

Wags around the world weighed in with biting sarcasm, and #covfefe quickly became the top trending item on Twitter.

Comments included a mock Google translation of “covfefe” from Russian into English as “I resign,” and comments like “Drain the covfefe” – a play on Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington.

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To avoid confusion, the Regent’s English Language Center in London wrote: “To all of our English language students, we can confirm that ‘covfefe’ is not an English word. Yet.”

Urban Dictionary on the other hand…

At 0830 GMT it had more than 105,000 retweets and had been shared 35,000 times, according to Twitter figures.

Since entering office, Trump has used Twitter to issue declarations on everything from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s TV performance to an alleged “MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany.”

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