Trump Won’t Stop Tearing Up Papers, So Staffers Tape Them Back Together

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2018

According to Politico, White House staffers are tasked with taping papers back together once the president rips them up and either throws them out or tosses the pieces on the floor.

Lartey said his entire department would have to tape together paper that the president had torn to pieces. The policy requires that all memos, letters, documents, and papers touched by the president be kept as historical records in the National Archives.

But Trump's habit of ripping up documents after he has used them - sometimes just once down the middle, but other times into confetti-like shreds - has created a major headache for the record-keepers in the opening months of his presidency.

As career staffers who were abruptly forced to resign earlier this year, Solomon Lartey and Reginald Young Jr. told Politico that they were paid almost $66,000 a year to tape back together official documents that went through the Oval Office.


When staffers realised they wouldn't be able to break the president of this now potentially illegal habit, they made a decision to clean it up for him, in order to make sure he wasn't violating the law, Politico reported. "Trump ripped the papers into tiny pieces", he told Politico.

"When she walked me out and took my badge and the gate close behind me - it was like, damn, that's 20 years of White House service, gone", Lartey said. This writes the newspaper "Politico" citing former employees of the office. "I never remember the president throwing any official paper away".

"We had to endure this under the Trump administration", said another former senior records management analyst, Reginald Young, Jr.

Politico noted it was reporting on a story about the men's sudden termination with no explanation when they described their job duties to the news site.


Lartey and Young Jr. both admitted to that they had never been given such a weird task in all their years serving in office.

Mr Lartey has worked for other presidents but said he has never had to do anything similar.

Young said Tuesday he can't speak as to why Trump was tearing up official documents but said he had posed questions to his immediate supervisor "for her to challenge our director to the validity of us doing this type of work".


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