Trump habit of ripping up documents a headache for record-keepers

The team that tapes Donald Trump's papers back together for legal preservation

Report: White House Pays People To Tape Documents Trump Rips Apart

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. Their daily task involved putting together several pieces of torn or shredded paper using a Scotch tape.

Lartey said his entire department would have to tape together paper that the president had torn to pieces.

White House officials enlisted records management employees to tape back together papers from President Donald Trump's office that he constantly rips up, according to a new report from Politico.

Under the Presidential Records Act, the White House must preserve all papers that the president touches, sending them to the National Archives for safekeeping.

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.

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

Lartey and Young Jr. both admitted to that they had never been given such a freaky task in all their years serving in office. And they got this story instead, with an aside about their being fired dutifully recorded near the end of the piece.

Kim Kardashian visiting Alice Johnson in Memphis
She added, "People have been asking me, 'Are you getting into politics?' I'm like, 'No, I am still doing me, but I enjoy this". Ms Johnson was convicted in 1996 for her part in a cocaine trafficking operation involving more than a dozen people.

"This was like an adult puzzle for us", Lartey said.

"That is a million-dollar question that I have yet to get an answer to", Young said.

They have to do so to prevent Trump from breaching the Presidential Records Act. "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".

President Donald Trump has an unusual habit.

Reginald Young was a senior records management analyst who worked for the U.S. government for more than 20 years before being sacked in April.

Lartey said he was never given an explanation for his firing, which he said came at the end of the day on March 23.

"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".

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