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

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President Donald Trump puts a piece of paper in his suit jacket. Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Senior White House aides found it too hard to prevent Trump from ripping up his papers, so they decided instead to have officials like Lartey fix the records instead, Politico reported.

"We got Scotch tape, the clear kind", Lartey told Politico. White House aides would collect the fragments and send them next door to the Old Executive Office Building, where the piecework would begin, "like a jigsaw puzzle".

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Solomon Lartey, 54, who earned $66,000 (£50,000) prior to his dismissal in March, gave a similar account of Trump's alleged bad habit.

Former White House staffers, who spoke to Politico, said that they were tasked with taping the paper scraps back together to ensure that the administration did not violate legal requirements.

It has been reported that the U.S. president regularly tears up papers he is legally required to keep, meaning staff have no choice but to somehow retrieve them.

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The entire White House records management department was tasked with reassembling the documents with Scotch tape.

. However, earlier this year the two staffers said they were abruptly fired without being given a reason, and they are still seeking an explanation.

"If it was negative, it was definitely going to get torn up", Lartey said. "It was the craziest thing ever". 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.

Mr Lartey, 54, said he was sacked at the end of the work day on March 23, with no warning. "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'.

Lartey told "New Day" that he and other staffers thought the assignment was a joke at first.

But the idea that Trump rips up paper that should be preserved for record keeping was instantly mocked online.

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