Politico reports that Trump rips up papers or tosses them on the floor, which some people described as the president’s “filing system,” leaving aides in the White House with the task of cleaning up the papers to make sure he did not violate the law, which requires the preservation of memos, letters, emails, and papers.
The papers were sometimes torn into small pieces, and other times they were ripped down the middle, Solomon Lartey, a records management analyst told the news outlet.
“We got Scotch tape, the clear kind,” Lartey said. “You found pieces and taped them back together and then you gave it back to the supervisor.”
Lartey said his entire department would have to tape together paper that the president had torn to pieces. Lartey and Reginald Young Jr., another records analyst, were “abruptly terminated” from their jobs earlier this spring Politco reports.
This isn’t the first time the president’s eccentric habits have come into focus since he took office. When eating dessert, Trump apparently gets two scoops of ice cream while everyone else gets one, and wants his daily intelligence briefings to have pictures and charts instead of a lot of text.
The paper-ripping is just the latest run-in the president has had with the Presidential Records Act. Last year, the National Archives and Records Administration told the White House to save all of Trump’s tweets, including ones he deletes or corrects.
But the idea that Trump rips up paper that should be preserved for record keeping was instantly mocked online.
i’ve received this exclusive video of trump aboard air force 1 https://t.co/AnIMYYRUud
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) June 11, 2018
Jesus, what a metaphor.
"But White House aides realized early on that they were unable to stop Trump from ripping up paper after he was done with it and throwing it in the trash or on the floor…. Instead, they chose to clean it up for him."
— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) June 10, 2018
This paper ripping story is just further evidence that Trump’s primary occupation is just indiscriminately wasting other people’s time. Zero empathy whatsoever.
— Patrick Williams (@activitystory) June 10, 2018
"…White House aides realized early on that they were unable to stop Trump from ripping up paper after he was done with it and throwing it in the trash or on the floor," #ToddlerInChief https://t.co/Ri95XxUB4J
— Diana Hunt (@dkathunt) June 11, 2018
« Trump has a habit of ripping up all of his paper » … like all mob bosses and thugs: leave no paper trail. https://t.co/dscZZkbnDt
— Under the Radar (@retail_recruit) June 11, 2018
You can read all of Politico’s report here.