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Donald Trump May Be Breaking The Law By Deleting Tweets

| by John Freund

President Donald Trump could be in hot water because of his penchant for deleting his own tweets. 

The Independent reports that some legal scholars are claiming that Trump is in fact breaking the law by deleting his own tweets.  According to the Presidential Records Act of 1978, all presidential records must be preserved.  Former President Barack Obama's administration interpreted the law to include social media posts, so they archived every deleted post by Obama in order to follow the letter of the law.  It is unclear if Trump has been archiving his deleted tweets. 

Just recently, Trump tweeted: “Meeting with Generals at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. Very interesting!” 

He later deleted that tweet, somewhat inexplicably.  It is unclear why the tweet was deleted, though some believe he might have felt the tweet would be interpreted as an advertisement for his Florida members-only club, and therefore took it down.  

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Trump has come under fire for holding meetings in Mar-a-Lago in lieu of the White House. Some criticize him for spending too much of his time at the Florida resort. 

Trump has removed previous tweets to fix spelling errors and alter word choices; it is unclear if those edits violate the law or not. 

According to the New Zealand Herald, strategist Jeff Black jokingly took credit for the deletion after he parodied the tweet, writing: "[White House chief strategist Steve] Bannon's spying on Generals -- making a list of true Regime Loyalists, in case lying traitors EVER challenge MY Presidency. Very Civil!”

Sources: The Idependent, New Zealand Herald / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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