Trump Ripping Papers Staff Has To Tape Back Together

Trump Ripping Papers Staff Has To Tape Back Together

According to Young and Lartey, speaking Tuesday on CNN's New Day, part of being a White House records management analyst involved taking documents ripped up by President Donald Trump, and physically taping them back together - for real.

President Donald Trump ripped apart documents that needed to be preserved so often the White House had administration employees whose jobs were to glue them back together again.

But Trump has the odd habit of ripping up papers when he's done with them - what some aides call his unofficial "filing system". Instead, aides reportedly clean up Trump's paper scraps - which range from papers that are torn in two and thrown in the trash to documents that have been ripped into tiny pieces that resemble confetti and tossed on the floor - and ship them over to the records office, according to the people familiar with the task.

Presidential records must be preserved and transferred to the national archives under USA law which "places the responsibility for the custody and management of incumbent presidential records with the president".

"If it was negative, it was definitely going to get torn up", Lartey said. I'm looking at my director, and saying, 'Are you guys serious?'

Solomon Lartey, 54, who earned $66,000 (£50,000) prior to his dismissal in March, gave a similar account of Trump's alleged bad habit.

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Staffers had the fragments of paper collected from the Oval Office as well as the private residence and send it over to records management across the street from the White House for Lartey and his colleagues to reassemble. "I never remember the president throwing any official paper away".

"We had to endure this under the Trump administration", Mr Young said.

"The only excuse that I've ever gotten from them", Young said, "was that you serve at the pleasure of the president".

Lartey and Young, who worked for the government for decades, said they both have not received explanations for why they were abruptly dismissed from their jobs. "It felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans".

"We got Scotch tape, the clear kind", Lartey recalled in an interview.

The former staffers said that as recently as their departure, employees were still tasked with taping the pages back together.

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