Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

White House Pays People To Tape Documents Trump Rips Apart

White House Pays People To Tape Documents Trump Rips Apart

"The only excuse that I've ever gotten from them", Young said, "was that you serve at the pleasure of the president".

"We got Scotch tape, the clear kind", Lartey told the news outlet.

Paper wars: He rips, they stick them.

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.

The National Archives staff reportedly reminded the White House on frequent bases to follow the Presidential Records Act, but Trump's staff has been "haphazard" in document preservation - all thanks to their boss who makes everything hard for them. President 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.

Presidential records must be preserved and transferred to the national archives under United States law which "places the responsibility for the custody and management of incumbent presidential records with the president".

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Both Lartey and Young were terminated by the White House this past spring. And they got this story instead, with an aside about their being fired dutifully recorded near the end of the piece.

"We had to endure this under the Trump administration", Young said. "Trump ripped the papers into tiny pieces", he told Politico.

'We're making more than $60,000 (£45,000) a year, we need to be doing far more important things than this.

"I was stunned", he said.

The former staffers said that as recently as their departure, employees were still tasked with taping the pages back together. "It felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans".

They had the fragments of paper collected from the Oval Office and the White House's private residence and send to records management office across the street from the White House to be re-assembled.

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