President's habit of ripping up documents a headache for record-keepers

Trump paper

Trump paper

Donald Trump regularly rips up official papers that White House staff have to tape back together to prevent him breaking the law, according to a USA media report.

Mr Lartey said documents he has had to tape up include a letter from Democrat Chuck Schumer, which Trump had ripped up.

Mr Lartey said: "I had a letter from Schumer - he tore it up". "It was the craziest thing ever".

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.

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

Former staffers at the White House, who handled Trump's mess, told Politico they were tasked with taping the torn papers back and making sure the administration did not violate legal requirements to preserve presidential records.


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.

"We had to endure this under the Trump administration", Young Jr. said.

Ironic thing about this is that the people who revealed this to Politico had contacted the publication for a story about how they were unjustly fired.

The Presidential Records Act says the sitting president holds "responsibility for the custody and management" of presidential records. This writes the newspaper "Politico" citing former employees of the office.

"That is a million-dollar question that I have yet to get an answer to", Young said. Now that he occupies the Oval Office, President Trump is expected to adhere to the Presidential Records Act which designates all memos, emails, notes, and other written correspondence to be preserved as historical documents, but he just can't seem to shake the habit of ripping up every document once he's done with it. "It felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans".

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