"I think she learned from that and she consciously worked on it, how you shouldn't panic, just focus on the word".
She's forgiven, though, since apparently only a "small group of people" knows what "covfefe" even means.
But Rohan eventually misspelled the word "marram", a beach grass, and Ananya went on to win after coolly spelling two more words correctly.
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Ananya appeared Friday morning on CNN, where hosts Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota asked her to spell the word that the president posted in an aborted Tweet this week.
"Definition please", she asked like the champ that she is. Anyone who's seen the documentary Spellbound knows that the National Spelling Bee is high drama, only more intense because they're all little kids, dealing with the emotional and mental equivalent of Battle Royale.
The hosts continued the joke, giving the word the false definition of "a nonsense word made up by the 45th president of the United States in a late-night tweet", while showing a false dictionary entry on the screen. "She definitely has a procedure, a method she uses, she even used it at the district test- all those things", said Ken Engel, Spelling Team Advisor. Shortly after, President Trump tweeted this: "Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe"???"
White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not admit that "covfefe" was a typo when asked Wednesday.
The victor of the 10th edition of The Spelling Bee Ghana in February was the only contestant from Africa to take part in the 90th edition of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.