Trump tweets 'covfefe' in apparent unfinished post; Twitter explodes

Twitter went wild after US President Donald Trump used the non-word "covfefe" in a tweet on May 31, 2017.
Twitter went wild after US President Donald Trump used the non-word "covfefe" in a tweet on May 31, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

A non-word has taken Twitter by storm after US President Donald Trump used it in a tweet.

"Despite the constant negative press covfefe", were the six mysterious words that appeared on the President's latest tweet at midnight on Wednesday (May 31, 12pm Singapore time).

The tweet appeared unfinished, and the last word was assumed to be a typo by many. Some suggested that he meant to type "coverage".

Meanwhile, the Internet has appropriated it and embedded it in memes and jokes.

A prolific user of Twitter with 31 million followers - although recent reports claim almost half of that number appear to be fake accounts - Mr Trump has misspelt words before.

He has spelt "unprecedented" as "unpresidented", "nuclear" as "nucular" and "counsel" as "councel".

But Wednesday's message was so garbled, it immediately caught the attention of netizens and the media.

A Twitter account with the handle @covfefe has already been set up and the domain name covfefe.com has been registered.

Major news sites such as USA Today and Washington Post picked up on the error.

The tweet remained undeleted more than three hours after it was posted and #covfefe was one of the top hashtags trending on the social network.

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