Covfefe 'a hidden message to the Russians' - Hillary Clinton

Former Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has weighed in on US President Donald Trump's 'covfefe' Twitter gag with her own humorous take.

"I thought it was a hidden message to the Russians," she joked in an onstage interview at the Recode Conference in California

Later on Ms Clinton got more laughs when she responded to an audience question, mocking Sean Spicer's defence of Mr Trump's typo tweet with "Ah, the small group explanation".

"You don't have a high enough classification to know what covfefe means," she said.

She continued the joke on Twitter, saying: "People in covfefe houses shouldn't throw covfefe," as she retweeted one of Mr Trump's posts that attacked her presidential campaign.

By the end of the interview though, Ms Clinton brought covfefe up again while reflecting on the more serious side of the US political situation.

"It's to avert attention. It's like covfefe. Trending! Worldwide! Maybe for a minute you'll forget the latest accusation about them transpiring with Russia," she said.

"It's the circus, right? It's what a classic authoritarian does."

In early May Ms Clinton said while she takes "absolute personal responsibility" for losing the 2016 election to Mr Trump, sexism, the FBI, WikiLeaks, Russian hackers, and the timing of the election all played a part in her downfall.

She recently revealed she's in the process of writing a memoir that would detail her unsuccessful bid to become US President.