Donald Trump has been accused of repeatedly ripping up important official documents, leaving staff with the task of taping them back together. "He ripped papers into tiny pieces". White House aides said Trump likes to rip papers up when he's finished with them, and even when told the paperwork needed to go to the archives, he couldn't kick the habit.
According to Politico, White House aides learned early on that they couldn't convince Trump to break his paper-ripping habit. And so the people tasked with preserving presidential papers must collect the scraps and put them back together.
Presidential records must be preserved and transferred to the national archives under U.S. law which "places the responsibility for the custody and management of incumbent presidential records with the president".
"Sometimes paper is just torn in the middle, but sometimes they were torn so small, that looked like confetti", - said one of the employees of the presidential administration.
"I was stunned", Lartey said.
Lartey said the most frequently shredded items that came across his desk were news articles - specifically, ones that depicted Trump in an unflattering light.
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Under the Presidential Records Act, the White House must hold onto presidential records for historical purposes and safekeeping.
The job of the records management analysts working in the Old Executive Office Building next door to the White House has changed considerably under the Trump administration, according to a Sunday Politico report. "I never remember the president throwing any official paper away".
He told Politico: "We had to endure this under the Trump administration".
'It felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans'.
One of his colleagues, Reginald Young Jr., who worked as a senior records management analyst, said that during over two decades of government service, he had never been asked to do such a thing.
Politico noted it was reporting on a story about the men's sudden termination with no explanation when they described their job duties to the news site. They said that workers in their former office were still taping together Trump-ripped documents as recently as spring.