Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

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

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

Donald Trump has been accused of repeatedly ripping up important official documents, leaving staff with the task of taping them back together.

Another former White House records management employee, Reginald Young, said it was the first time in two decades of government service he had been asked to do such a thing. This does not jibe with the Presidential Records Act, which stipulates that basically every piece of paper the president touches must be shipped off to the National Archives to be preserved for posterity. "We used to have to piece together all of these torn papers, and we weren't supposed to tell anybody".

The restored papers are then sent to the National Archives to be properly filed away.

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.

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.

Lartey, who'd worked in government for nearly three decades before he was sacked, says he and others would tackle mounds of shredded paper, putting pieces back together "like a jigsaw puzzle".

His colleague, Mr Young, worked as a senior records management analyst. Both men are unemployed and still have questions about why they were terminated.

"We had to endure this under the Trump administration", Young Jr. said.

The job of the records management analysts working in the Old Executive Office Building next door to the White House has changed considerably under the Trump administration, according to a Sunday Politico report.

'It felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans'. "It was a really structured process". "All of the official paper that went into [the Oval Office], came back out again, to the best of my knowledge", Brown told Politico. "I would never have thought I would have gotten fired".

Both Lartey and Young described the situation to Politico while being interviewed for a story about their abrupt terminations this past spring.

They did not approach a reporter with the intent to leak embarrassing information about the president, Politico notes.

"I was stunned", he said.

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