Trump tweets about ‘covfefe.’ Rep. Mia Love urges Trump to extend stay for Haitian refugees. Critics use misleading numbers to compare size of monuments.
Happy Wednesday. Shortly after midnight, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet: "Despite the constant negative press covfefe." Nothing recent preceded or followed the tweet. And it wasn’t immediately deleted. So the nation pondered. What did Trump mean by his incomplete six-word thought? Did he fall asleep mid-tweet? What does "covfefe" mean? Merriam Webster Dictionary offered no help. So Twitter users came up with their own meaning: It’s a drink at Starbucks, posited one. It’s a nickname for former FBI director James Comey, said another. It’s a word "coined during the Bowling Green Massacre," joked a third. The tweet was deleted six hours later. By then Trump had posted another message, "Who can figure out the true meaning of ‘covfefe’??? Enjoy!" [NYTimes]
Topping the news: One of the most common complaints about Bears Ears National Monument is its size relative to previously designated monuments. But are the numbers used by critics misleading? [Trib]
-> Rep. Mia Love is petitioning President Donald Trump to extend the deportation delay for Haitian refugees. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @RobertGehrke: "Are you like me? Can you not wait for the debates with 22 candidates running to replace Chaffetz? Should be super informative-ish."
-> From @birbigs: "I’m as angry about this presidency as people were when Michelle Obama wanted kids to eat vegetables sometimes."
Happy Birthday: To former state Rep. John Mathis and Tribune columnist Robert Gehrke.
In other news: Primary ballots in the race to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz could have up to five Republicans and three Democrats listed. [DNews]
-> The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control inconsistently reported millions of dollars of revenue and spending, according to a report released by the state auditor. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [FOX13] [KUER]
-> State Rep. Mike Noel told residents of Torrey not to oppose drilling and mining leases if they expect to receive money for water infrastructure from the Utah Community Impact Board. [Trib]
-> Park City businesses are trying to raise the remaining $2.6 million needed to purchase and conserve Bonanza Flats. [Trib]
-> A new Utah Policy poll found that most residents feel that the state is heading in the right direction, but not the rest of the country. [ABC4]
-> Longtime state Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck will not run for re-election. [KUER]
-> The Weber County Commission voted to ban alcohol from Pineview Reservoir. [ABC4]
-> The ACLU is calling on Utah to implement independent inspections of the state’s jails. [APviaTrib]
-> The Utah Pride Center is looking for a new location after it sold its building for $1.6 million. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley suggests that the Utah DABC doesn’t deserve a gold star for its accounting discrepancies. [Trib]
Nationally: Congress asked President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to testify and turn over documents related to the probe into the administration’s ties to Russia. Cohen declined. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]
-> Trump met with two candidates for FBI Director — Christopher Wray, former assistant attorney general, and John Pistole, a former TSA administrator and deputy director of the FBI. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]
Where are they?
- Gov. Gary Herbert attends the Sandy Chamber of Commerce quarterly breakfast and meets with Bishop Oscar A. Solis. After spending time with family, he participates in an awards ceremony and meets with staff.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox chats with South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood and heads to a business and job resource fair.
- State Auditor John Dougall visits with a school principal, attends a retirement reception and meets with his management team.
-- Courtney Tanner and Emily Anderson