Someone already claimed Maine vanity plate 'COVFEFE'

President Trump's tweet had a lot of people confused

(NEWS CENTER) — Well, that didn't take long. Just 10 hours after President Donald Trump's mystifying tweet in the midnight hour of Wednesday morning, someone claimed Maine's only vanity license plate available to don a seven-letter "word" that has become an internet sensation.

In a since-deleted tweet at 12:06 a.m. President Trump wrote, "Despite the constant negative press covfefe" – then nothing, seemingly concluding the statement mid-thought with a typo. Six hours later the president poked fun at the situation, tweeting, "Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ???  Enjoy!"

Later in the day, Press Secretary Sean Spicer addressed the apparently incoherent tweet, telling members of the press corps that, "The President and a small group of people know exactly what he meant."

Within minutes of the tweet being published "covfefe" was trending nationwide. And you can't have a trending "word" without people vying for its display on their vehicles — everyone's searching for that clever vanity plate.

A man in California was possibly the first to buy in, securing the California version sometime around 1 a.m. ET. His daughter captured the moment for Twitter, writing, "My dad just bought the CA license plate 'COVFEFE.' #covfefe."

But what about Maine? Was someone quick enough to purchase it the day of? A search of the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles' search and order vanity site on Wednesday afternoon returned an automated "unavailable" message, suggesting the plate had already been claimed.

An official with the Maine Secretary of State's office later confirmed the plate had been ordered around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, verifying it wasn't just a plate registered at random. Ownership remains unclear. A tweet from a Bar Harbor resident at 10:14 a.m. provided a lead, but Blanchette told the Associated Press he balked at the last minute out of fear of "plate regret.":

Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster chimed in, acting as if it was someone waking up to chaos on Twitter and beginning to check analytics before regretting the decision and going to back to bed.

Amidst hype over the tweet Wednesday, a White House official confirmed reports that the president was expected to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, a 195-nation pact to take action against global warming. Despite a significant difference between the two stories, Fortune magazine reported that Trump's "covfefe" tweet was more searched than the climate agreement.

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