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The toddler in chief who requires morning âexecutive timeâ to watch his favorite TV shows on Fox has another unpresidential habit: ignoring the law that requires the preservation of documents.
TheÂ Presidential Records Act requires the White House to preserve documents handled by the president of the United States, which are then kept by the National Archives.
But accordingÂ toÂ Politico, Trump prefers his own unofficial âfiling systemâ of literally ripping up documents after heâs read them.
After Trump reads â or, more likely, briefly skims â a letter or memo, he just tears it up and tosses it on the floor. And his staff canât get him to stop doing that.
âInstead,â Politico reports, Trumpâs staffers âchose to clean it up for him, in order to make sure that the president wasnât violating the law.â
Solomon Lartey, a records management analyst who worked for the government for nearly three decades, described Trumpâs bizarre habit as âthe craziest thing everâ â and something neither he nor any of his colleagues had ever seen before.
âIt felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans,â saidÂ Reginald Young Jr., another career official who worked with Lartey.
Young and Lartey were both suddenly fired, without explanation.
Itâs not a secret that Trump has no regard for the customs and traditions of the office he holds. Itâs also not surprising that he cares nothing of following the law that requires preservation of the documents he handles.
That his staff is forced to pick up pieces of garbage on the floor and literally tape them back together just to keep him in compliance with the law doesnât seem surprising. Trump, after all, has taken a sick kind of pleasure in humiliating those who serve him.
He has spent the better part of a yearÂ attackingÂ Attorney General Jeff Sessions in tweets and interviews. He has firedÂ several membersÂ of his Cabinet on Twitter. Many stories have emerged, since Trump took office, of the ways heÂ mocks and insultsÂ his staff.
And because Trump and his scandal-plagued administration is suchÂ a nightmareÂ to work for, he has lost a recordÂ 43 percentÂ of his top advisers during his first. Heâs also had the highest turnover rate in his Cabinet in a century. And the White House has aÂ hard timeÂ finding people willing to work there.
With an impetuous, tantrum-throwing boss who literally makes his staff pick up his scraps of garbage and tape them back together to keep him from breaking the law, itâs no wonder.
Published with permission of The American Independent.