Donald Trump finally deletes 'covfefe' tweet five hours after posting it

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Hillary Clinton has joined thousands mocking US President Donald Trump after he mistakenly posted a weird late-night tweet.

Comments included a mock Google translation of "covfefe" from Russian into English as "I resign", and comments like "Drain the covfefe" - a play on Trump's promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington.

Members of the press then asked Spicer what Trump meant by the tweet, in particular wondering what "covfefe" means.

"Despite the constant negative press covfefe", read the U.S. leader's short tweet. "(We) understand more than most that sometimes it is necessary to use code words".

However, Trump seemed to enjoy the fuss and later tweeted: "Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe"???".

The tweet immediately went viral and became one of the president's more popular posts.

The White House has claimed that the deleted tweets are being recorded, but it hasn't proved that publicly.

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Giving a fuller answer this time, Spicer said: "No, I think the President and a small group of people know exactly what he meant".

It received more than the usual level of interest attracted by Trump's tweets.

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when President Trump refrained from flamethrowing messages on Twitter.

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In case you still don't know what we are talking about, this is Trump's tweet.

Team Twitter already had gone into overdrive trying to fill in the blanks, floating both silly and serious scenarios.

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