Officials hired to tape up Trump papers

The president has the habit of ripping up papers when he is done with them

The president has the habit of ripping up papers when he is done with them

But it has led to experienced officials with significant salaries sorting through piles of notes and taping them up, Politico reported. The taped-up papers would then be filed in the National Archives.

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.

Trump ripped the papers into tiny pieces, say former staffers.

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.

The White House must keep every document the president touches under the Presidential Records Act. However, Trump could not be deterred from tearing apart papers and throwing the pieces into the bin after he had finished with them, or worse, onto the floor.

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".

Lartey and Young both believe they were unfairly fired.

"If it was negative, it was definitely going to get torn up", Lartey said.

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

The paper-ripping is just the latest run-in the president has had with the Presidential Records Act.

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

Lartey said the most frequently shredded items that came across his desk were news articles - specifically, ones that depicted Trump in an unflattering light.

Lartey and Reginald Young Jr., another worker who said he taped together Trump-torn documents, were both fired earlier this year. We?re making more than $60,000 a year, we need to be doing far more important things than this.

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

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

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

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