Working in Donald Trump’s White House has been documented as one of the the most humiliating, depressing, and stressful jobs a person can have, but we never knew just how bad things were until a new report by Politico shed light on what Trump staffers are being paid to do.
Apparently, there is an entire department in Trump’s White House that has been tasked with the job of repairing papers after Trump rips them up in fits of rage. That’s right — Trump is so unhinged that he rips up important documents, and then staffers — who undoubtedly have more important things they should be doing — have to sit there and tape all those papers back together again so they can be filed and comply with document preservation laws.
Trump is very well aware that the White House is required to keep and record all documents such as schedules, speeches, memos, and public digital communications per the Presidential Records Act. And he still decides to tear up these documents and make his staff clean up after him! Solomon Lartey, a records management analyst who has wasted hours of his life piecing the physical remnants of Trump’s temper tantrums back together, has stated that he is paid $65,000 a year to tape Trump’s documents.
Lartey stated that sometimes his job is easy, but on a bad day Lartey would find that Trump’s documents “would be torn into pieces so small they looked like confetti.” Lartey, who said that sometimes Trump’s papers are strewn all throughout his office, said:
“We got Scotch tape, the clear kind. You found pieces and taped them back together and then you gave it back to the supervisor.”
“I had a letter from Schumer — he tore it up. It was the craziest thing ever. He ripped papers into tiny pieces.”
Lartey also stated that when Trump first got into the White House, an “entire department” was employed to fix Trump’s torn documents. Reginald Young, Jr., a former senior records management analyst, said he has never seen anything like this in his two decades working in government service. Young said:
“We had to endure this under the Trump administration. I’m looking at my director, and saying, ‘Are you guys serious?’ We’re making more than $60,000 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.”
Just another low in Trump’s presidency.
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