It’s Someone’s Job to Tape Together All the Papers Trump Tears Up

Frederick Owens
June 15, 2018

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. "We used to have to piece together all of these torn papers, and we weren't supposed to tell anybody". Under the Presidential Records Act, the White House has to send any document the President touches to the National Archives- a task that proved to be more grueling under a president who has an iron-willed habit of ripping up papers when he's done with them.

An entire department of records management employees pieced materials back together "like a jigsaw puzzle", former employee Solomon Lartey told Politico, so the administration won't break the law.

So they enlisted records management staff to piece them back together, according to a report from Politico.

When staffers realised they wouldn't be able to break the president of this now potentially illegal habit, they chose to clean it up for him, in order to make sure he wasn't violating the law, Politico reported. "I had a letter from [Senate Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer - he tore it up", he said. I'm looking at my director, and saying, 'Are you guys serious?'

Long before he became president, Donald Trump existed in a world where rules typically didn't apply to him.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment about the practice.

By contrast, President Obama's first staff secretary said he never tossed any papers, which were preserved in a meticulous filing system.

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"We had to endure this under the Trump administration", Mr Young said. "I never remember the president throwing any official paper away".

Both Mr Lartey and Mr Young had their jobs terminated abruptly in the spring, Politico reported.

'We're making more than $60,000 (£45,000) a year, we need to be doing far more important things than this.

It has been reported that the United States president regularly tears up papers he is legally required to keep, meaning staff have no choice but to somehow retrieve them.

'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.

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