Trump Won’t Stop Tearing Up Papers, So Staffers Tape Them Back Together

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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. Trump's penchant for deleting his tweets and re-posting them slightly altered or without typos has raised questions about compliance with the law in the past, and the White House said previously that they have systems to preserve all tweets as presidential records, even deleted tweets. 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. From there, the papers went to the National Archives.

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.

"I had a letter from [Chuck] Schumer-[Trump] tore it up", Lartey says.

"It was the craziest thing ever", Lartey told the news outlet. "He ripped papers into tiny pieces".

"We had to endure this under the Trump administration", Young said. "It felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans".

According to Politico, White House staffers had the torn documents collected from the Oval office and the president's residence and then turned them over to records management to be reassembled "like a jigsaw". "I never remember the president throwing any official paper away". I'm looking at my director, and saying, 'Are you guys serious?'

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.

Mr Young, 48, who was sacked on April 19, said he fought back and had his official status changed from "resigned" to "terminated".

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