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


Two former-White House staffers told Political that Trump regularly ripped up important presidential documents and they had to tape them back together again.

While this hardly ranks high on the list of this President's violations of our norms and laws, it's among the most freaky. President Trump's penchant for deleting his tweets and re-posting them slightly altered or without typos has raised questions about compliance with the law in the past, and the White House said previously that they have systems to preserve all tweets as presidential records, even deleted tweets.

"In the beginning of the administration, after the transition period, we would get torn-up documents, letters and memos. and we would have to tape them back together for records", Solomon Lartey said in an interview Tuesday on CNN's "New Day".

"Sometimes paper is just torn in the middle, but sometimes they were torn so small, that looked like confetti", - said one of the employees of the presidential administration.

Mr Lartey claimed his entire department was dedicated to the task of taping paper back together in the opening months of the Trump administration. "It was the craziest thing ever".

"I'm looking at my director, and saying, 'Are you guys serious?'" Young told Politico.

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He told Politico that the documents included newspaper clips that Mr Trump had scribbled notes on and letters from politicians including Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer. White house employees have to glue the pieces of paper to avoid being accused of violating the law.

Lartey, who earned an annual salary of $65,969 as a records management analyst, was a career government official with close to 30 years under his belt.

As to why Trump was tearing up the documents in the first place, that - according to Lartey - remains a mystery.

'It felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans'.

Lartey and Young claimed that they were ultimately rewarded for this indignity by being forced to sign resignation letters earlier this year without being given any indication as to why they were getting axed. "Some nights, I cried and I was mad because I got comfortable". I was going to retire.

You can read all of Politico's report here.