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

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

United States 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.

The Presidential Records Act requires presidential records be preserved and transferred to the National Archives, which says the law "places the responsibility for the custody and management of incumbent presidential records with the President".

But it has led to experienced officials with significant salaries sorting through piles of notes and taping them up, Politico reported.

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". There, Lartey told Politico, they would tape the pieces together - sometimes the paper was merely shredded in half, other times it was basically confetti - and then send the restored papers to their supervisors.

"This was like an adult puzzle for us", Lartey said. "We got Scotch tape, the clear kind..."

Another records management staffer Reginald Young, Jr. said in over two decades of his government service, he had never been asked to do such a thing. Former career government official Solomon Lartey, who served for 30 years under several presidents, described what it was like to have to reassemble the documents discarded by a 71-year-old man who refused to stop tearing them up.

"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. "I'm looking at my director, and saying, 'Are you guys serious?' 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'.

Lartey and Young, who have since been dismissed, said they spent months piecing and taping together a variety of documents Trump would tear apart. It would be an incredibly unusual practice in private business. He's shredding even the most innocuous materials, not simply those that might be incriminating. So, what's to be gained?



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