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

15 June 2018, 04:22 | Erica Roy

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

USA government officials have been employed to tape together documents routinely ripped up by President Donald Trump, as tearing them into pieces is his habitual way of disposing with correspondence. "He ripped papers into tiny pieces".

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. 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.

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. And so the people tasked with preserving presidential papers must collect the scraps and put them back together.

When staffers realised they wouldn't be able to break the president of this now potentially illegal habit, they chose to clean it up for him, in order to make sure he wasn't violating the law, Politico reported. "I had a letter from [Chuck] Schumer-[Trump] tore it up", Lartey says.

Mr Lartey, 54, said he was sacked at the end of the work day on March 23, with no warning.

Lartey said the entire White House records management department was tasked with reassembling the documents with Scotch tape.

"I'm looking at my director, and saying, 'Are you guys serious?'", Mr Young said. He had never had to tape the president's papers back together again.

They had the fragments of paper collected from the Oval Office and the White House's private residence and send to records management office across the street from the White House to be re-assembled.

Apparently President Trump likes to rip things up after he reads them.

Lartey and Young, who worked for the government for decades, said they both have not received explanations for why they were abruptly dismissed from their jobs. They said that workers in their former office were still taping together Trump-ripped documents as recently as spring. "It felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans".

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