Trump Routinely Ripped Up Important Documents

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President Donald Trump puts a piece of paper in his suit jacket. Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Under the Presidential Records Act, all memos, emails, letters, and other papers President Trump touches must be preserved and sent to the National Archives, but that's hard to do when Trump rips documents up to shreds when he's finished with them.

While this hardly ranks high on the list of this President's violations of our norms and laws, it's among the most weird. (It was enacted because of - wait for it - Watergate.) But White House aides have had a hard time impressing this upon President Trump, who habitually rips papers up and routinely throws them, confetti-like, in the trash or on the floor, reports Politico.

Solomon Lartey, 54, and Reginald Young Jr., 48, told Politico that after the Trump administration came to power their jobs quickly became piecing and Scotch-taping pieces of hand-shredded paper together for the National Archives.

"You found pieces and taped them back together and then you gave it back to the supervisor", Lartey said.

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Reginald Young was a senior records management analyst who worked for the United States government for more than 20 years before being sacked in April. "It was the craziest thing ever".

'We're making more than $60,000 (£45,000) a year, we need to be doing far more important things than this. Lartey, who had almost 30 years of experience and made $65,000 a year, said the papers they would receive included notated newspaper clippings and letters from members of Congress.

"I had a letter from Schumer - he tore it up", Mr Lartey said.

Lartey said he spent the first five months of the Trump administration standing over a desk in the Old Executive Office Building, trying to piece Trump's papers back together.

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Lartey and Young said the practice was still going on this spring, when they were abruptly fired from their jobs with no explanation.

"When she walked me out and took my badge and the gate close behind me - it was like, damn, that's 20 years of White House service, gone", Lartey said. "I never remember the president throwing any official paper away".

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

Sounds like a great place to work.

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