There’s an Entire WH Department Dedicated to Taping Together the Papers Trump Rips Up
President Donald Trump apparently has an unusual way of handling documents. He likes to rip them up.
The problem is, of course, as the President of the United States you can’t just go around ripping up documents. That is potentially a violation of the Presidential Records Act, which requires the White House to preserve memos, letters and pretty much all the papers that POTUS touches.
As a result, in the Old Executive Office Building there is a team of people charged with literally piecing together the mess Trump has made.
Politico spoke to one of the guys who earned his government paycheck putting together the daily Presidential puzzle.
As it turns out Solomon Lartey had a job few would envy.
Solomon Lartey spent the first five months of the Trump administration working in the Old Executive Office Building, standing over a desk with scraps of paper spread out in front of him.
Lartey, who earned an annual salary of $65,969 as a records management analyst, was a career government official with close to 30 years under his belt. But he had never seen anything like this in any previous administration he had worked for. He had never had to tape the president’s papers back together again.
Armed with rolls of clear Scotch tape, Lartey and his colleagues would sift through large piles of shredded paper and put them back together, he said, “like a jigsaw puzzle.” Sometimes the papers would just be split down the middle, but other times they would be torn into pieces so small they looked like confetti.
The White House has not commented on Trump turning Oval Office documents into confetti but former President Barack Obama‘s first staff secretary made it clear that didn’t happen on her watch.
“I never remember the president throwing any official paper away.” Lisa Brown told Politico.
It is unclear how many manhours, in total, Trump’s paper-ripping habit has cost the government, but according to the Politico report, it remains a full-time job for more than one unlucky staffer.
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