Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

White House Pays People To Tape Documents Trump Rips Apart

White House Pays People To Tape Documents Trump Rips Apart

He said: "We got Scotch tape, the clear kind".

Staffers had the fragments of paper collected from the Oval Office as well as the private residence and send it over to records management across the street from the White House for Larkey and his colleagues to reassemble.

However, Trump has a habit of ripping notes, memos and other papers when he's done with them, Politico reported.

U.S. President Donald Trump is pictured during a meeting at the Istana in Singapore June 11, 2018.

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As career staffers who were abruptly forced to resign earlier this year, Solomon Lartey and Reginald Young Jr. told Politico that they were paid almost $66,000 a year to tape back together official documents that went through the Oval Office.

It has been reported that the United States president regularly tears up papers he is legally required to keep, meaning staff have no choice but to somehow retrieve them. "[It was] like a jigsaw puzzle", he said.

Solomon Lartey, who had almost 30 years' experience as a government official, said he and his colleagues would sift through large piles of shredded paper and piece them together "like a jigsaw puzzle".

Lartey said the papers he received included newspaper clips on which Trump had scribbled notes, or circled words; invitations; and letters from constituents or lawmakers on the Hill, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

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"I had a letter from Schumer - he tore it up", he told Politico.

"It was the craziest thing ever", Lartey told the news outlet. "We used to have to piece together all of these torn papers, and we weren't supposed to tell anybody".

Lartey said he was just a few years away from his retiring with full benefits when the Trump administration fired him.

'We're making more than $60,000 (£45,000) a year, we need to be doing far more important things than this. "It felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans".

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Lisa Brown, former President Barack Obama's first staff secretary, recalls the Obama administration enforcing a structured paperwork process, a system that sounds miles apart to Trump's, as described by Lartey and Young Jr. "I would never have thought I would have gotten fired". Lartey described one letter that Sen. Documents would go out to the president and then come back to the staff secretary's office in the same folder for distribution and handling.

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