The original Twitter post, sent shortly before midnight local time, read “Despite the negative press covfefe.”
It is assumed the typo was an apparent reference to the press coverage that Trump has often derided as “fake news.”
Using the hashtag “covfefe,” Twitter users speculated over the reasons behind the tweet. Was the president tired? Or drunk? Or had he perhaps just given away a secret nuclear code?
Taking aim at Trump’s controversial relations with Russia, one woman on Twitter quipped that she had translated “covfefe” into Russian, attaching a doctored image that showed the gibberish word to be a translation of “I resign.”
Before long, the word had its own Urban Dictionary definition: “When you want to say ‘coverage’ but your hands are too small to hit all the letters on your keyboard.”
The tweet was deleted around 6 a.m. on Wednesday and quickly replaced by a new one.
Trump, demonstrating that he is able to take a joke, wrote of his new word: “Who can figure out the true meaning of ‘covfefe’??? Enjoy!”