White House workers 'have to tape Donald Trump's notes back together'

Leroy Wright
June 15, 2018

Donald Trump regularly rips up official papers that White House staff have to tape back together to prevent him breaking the law, according to a USA media report.

Eventually, Trump's staff just gave up, and two records-management analysts from the National Archives were enlisted to tape together the papers Trump had shredded. White house employees have to glue the pieces of paper to avoid being accused of violating the law. The taped-up papers would then be filed in the National Archives.

Another unnamed sourced told Politico that Trump would tear up "anything that happened to be on his desk that he was done with", and that aides were unable to prompt the president to break his habit.

The employees said that the project was still ongoing as of this spring, when both Lartey and co-worker Reginald Young Jr. were pushed out from their jobs along with other careers officials.

"I was stunned", he said.

What was going on was that Young and Lartey were helping Trump comply with the Presidential Records Act - which requires that all presidential documents need to be preserved.

Some in the White House called this habit his "unofficial filing system". "I would never have thought I would have gotten fired".

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"I had a letter from Schumer - he tore it up", said the records management analyst.

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

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 Larkey and his colleagues to reassemble.

Both men are unemployed and still have questions about why they were terminated.

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

"We never got that explanation", he said. He said his entire department was dedicated to the task of taping paper back together in the opening months of the Trump administration. "It felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans".

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