January 17, 2021

Report: “National Archives to White House: Save All Trump Tweets”

UPDATED April 10, 2017 The full text of David Ferriero’s (Archivist of the United States) response to the letter from Sen. McCaskill and Sen. Carper is available here (53 pages; PDF).
Included in the response is a photocopy of NARA’s Guide to Presidential Records (2016) that was released in February.

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From the AP:

The National Archives and Records Administration has told the White House to keep each of President Donald Trump’s tweets, even those he deletes or corrects, and the White House has agreed.

The head of the archives, David S. Ferriero, told two Democratic senators in a letter last week that the White House has assured him it’s saving all Trump’s Twitter blasts.

The archives contacted the White House about the matter because the Presidential Records Act requires such correspondence to be preserved for history. Ferriero did not say when the agency contacted White House officials to remind them about the records requirement, but officials briefed the White House counsel’s office about the law on Feb. 2, according to the archivist’s letter to Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Tom Carper of Delaware.

The archivist’s letter, dated March 30, doesn’t describe precisely how the White House is saving Trump’s tweets. The Obama administration used an automated system to keep copies of President Barack Obama’s tweets.

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See Also:  Two Senators Request Info From Archivist of U.S., David Ferriero Re: Concerns Over Trump Admin. Records Compliance
This post includes full text letter from Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Tom Carper of Delaware to David Ferriero. 

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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