Puzzling tweet by US president late at night leads, naturally, to madness on the internet
If you havent looked it up already – dont bother.
Just after midnight in Washington, Donald Trump tweeted: despite the constant negative press covfefe. That was it. No more. Just that word covfefe left hanging there.
It left many of his 31 million followers on Twitter baffled, and slightly concerned.
The tweet had been active on Trumps account without comment or clarification for two hours at time of writing. It had been retweeted 61,000 times and received more than 75,000 favourites, and climbing.
That it had not been immediately deleted was confusing to users, who leapt to speculate what, exactly, Trump might have meant by covfefe.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary, which has a track record of fact-checking Trumps tweets and neologisms on Twitter, decided to sit this one out.
Others suggested the tweet had taken the heat off US comedian Kathy Griffin, who had earlier been under fire for posting a video in which she held a replica of Trumps severed bloody head.
Kristina Wong, an US comedian, observed that the domain Covfefe.com had been promptly snapped up.
The actor, Zach Braff, predicted Sean Spicers wholehearted defense of the word.
Covfefe was trending in the US as Twitter rushed to get its gags in.
Trump has been known to tweet on both Android and Apple devices in the past, but the covfefe tweet in question had been sent from the Twitter app on an iPhone.
The news site Axios had reported on Thursday that the POTUS current device was an iPhone with only one app: Twitter.
It cited anonymous White House officials who said that limiting screen time was key to forcing a more disciplined President Trump, as witnessed on his overseas tour:
In Trumps case, its curtailing his time watching TV and banging out tweets on his iPhone. Trump himself has been pushing staff to give him more free time. But staff does everything it can to load up his schedule to keep him from getting worked up watching cable coverage, which often precipitates his tweets. It has worked well overseas so far.