It’s Someone’s Job to Tape Together All the Papers Trump Tears Up
Jun 15 2018
A position that previously involved reviewing, sorting and filing official documents reviewed by the President under previous administrations now requires staffers who are handy with scotch tape and have a keen eye for reassembling documents that have been physically torn apart by President Donald Trump, according to two former staffers who spoke to Politico.
Solomon Lartey, who had almost 30 years' experience as a government official, said he and his colleagues would sift through large piles of shredded paper and piece them together "like a jigsaw puzzle".
Trump reportedly still rips up scraps of paper and throws them out.
Lartey, his colleague Reginald Young Jr., a senior records management analyst, and other staffers in the records department would have to take pieces of paper of all different sizes sent from the White House and painstakingly tape them together.
"I'm looking at my director, and saying, 'Are you guys serious?'" Young told Politico.
Long before he became president, Donald Trump existed in a world where rules typically didn't apply to him.
Lartey, 54, and Young, 48, were both career officials who worked together in records management until this spring, when both were terminated from their jobs suddenly and without warning. "I had a letter from Schumer - he tore it up", he said. White House aides said Trump likes to rip papers up when he's finished with them, and even when told the paperwork needed to go to the archives, he couldn't kick the habit.
"When we first got [the torn up documents], we were like, 'What is this?'" Lartey said. He had never had to tape the president's papers back together again.
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.
It has been reported that the USA president regularly tears up papers he is legally required to keep, meaning staff have no choice but to somehow retrieve them.
Lartey said he was never given an explanation for his firing, which he said came at the end of the day on March 23.
Ironic thing about this is that the people who revealed this to Politico had contacted the publication for a story about how they were unjustly fired. White House aides would collect the fragments and send them next door to the Old Executive Office Building, where the piecework would begin, "like a jigsaw puzzle".