Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

White House Pays People To Tape Documents Trump Rips Apart

White House Pays People To Tape Documents Trump Rips Apart

The White House had no comment, per Politico.

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 was terminated after almost three decades of government service, told Politico that he and colleagues would use Scotch tape to put the pieces together "like a jigsaw puzzle".

The documents were picked up off the floor and pulled from the trash can of the Oval Office and Trump's private residence, and then sent to records management across the street from the White House to be mended before being shipped off to the National Archives to be properly filed away.

President Donald Trump reportedly keeps ripping notes and memos that under the law should be preserved ― and the White House has paid staffers to carefully tape these documents back together.

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.

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

"It was the craziest thing ever", Lartey told the news outlet. From there, the papers went to the National Archives.

Mr Lartey told the political news site that his entire department was dedicated to the task of taping paper back together in the opening months of the Trump administration.

Lartey said the papers he received included newspaper clips on which Trump had scribbled notes, or circled words; invitations; and letters from constituents or lawmakers on the Hill, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Former aides, who earned salaries of more than $60,000 (£45,000) a year, have claimed they were regularly asked to fix records that the U.S. president had torn apart. "We're making more than $60,000 a year, we need to be doing far more important things than this".

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.

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