On May 31, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer addressed President Donald Trump's "covfefe" tweet heard around the world, stating quite simply that the president meant what he said (video below).
"Do you think people should be concerned that the president posted a somewhat incoherent tweet last night, and then it stayed up for hours?" a reporter asks Spicer in the recording taken from the audio-only conference.
"No," Spicer responds.
Early in the morning of May 31, Trump tweeted: "Despite the constant negative press covfefe," according to The New York Times. The post has since been deleted, but it stayed online for approximately six hours.
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"Who can figure out the true meaning of 'covfefe' ???" Trump tweeted after the original post was removed. "Enjoy!"
Despite the president's lighthearted response to what nearly everyone assumed was a typo, Spicer said that there was much more to "covfefe" than meets the eye.
"Why did it stay up so long after?" the reporter in the video follows up asking Spicer. "Is no one watching this?"
The press secretary's answer draws loud laughter from journalists:
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"No, I think the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant," he answers.
Among the laughter, a number of reporter questions go unanswered, including "What is covfefe?"
Most people are not buying Spicer's explanation of the viral gaffe.
"Just say it's a typo, you limp noodle!" one person commented on YouTube. "Is it really so unbelievable that the President of the United States did something by accident? "
Another joked that the White House made "one hell of a covfefe" hiring Spicer, while another speculated that Trump's cabinet "is butting heads together right now to decide what covfefe means."
"The thing you have to remember is, if they're willing to lie about that then everything is up for grabs," said another. "I'm sure even the dumbest Trump supporter knows that Covfefe is gibberish."
During the hours that Trump's garbled tweet remained up, social media exploded with jokes and memes about the new word.
Fusion was one of the first on the case, quoting Trump's tweet and adding a meta twist: "It's now been 15 minutes and the President still hasn't deleted this tweet. Follow us for continuing live covfefe."
Some YouTube users agreed that Trump probably meant to write "coverage," while others joked about ordering a grande "covfefe" at Starbucks. Another person said that, at long last, movie fans now know what Bill Murray whispered to Scarlett Johansson at the end of "Lost in Translation."