White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters during an off-camera gaggle on Wednesday that President Trump’s “covfefe” tweet wasn’t a typo and Americans shouldn’t be concerned.
“The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant,” Spicer told reporters.
Some reporters laughed when Spicer refused to admit that Trump simply made a mistake and the press secretary ignored requests for clarification.
Trump confused his Twitter followers when he tweeted, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” just after midnight on Wednesday morning. Later he deleted it, and posted another tweet that teased the “true meaning” of the mystery word.
The bizarre, misspelled message sparked an immediate, collective “WTF?” on social media, catapulting “covfefe” to the top of Twitter trends as people tried to figure out what on earth the president meant.
We think he was trying to say “coverage,” but it appears Trump went to sleep after sending what appeared to be a spelling error. The tweet was up from about 12:06 a.m. ET until 5:48 a.m. — and even Merriam-Webster poked fun at the president.
If the bizarre word was simply an inside joke, it begs another question: Why did Trump delete it?
CNN played audio of Spicer’s gaggle, check it out:
Reporter: Should people be concerned that Trump posted "somewhat of an incoherent tweet last night"?
Spicer: No https://t.co/sK0UL2f0FV
— CNN (@CNN) May 31, 2017