Two former-White House staffers told Political that Trump regularly ripped up important presidential documents and they had to tape them back together again. "He ripped papers into tiny pieces".
Under the Presidential Records Act, the White House must preserve all papers that the president touches, sending them to the National Archives for safekeeping. But White House aides had a hard time convincing Trump to ditch the habit, so they improvised.
Solomon Lartey, a former records management analyst, and Reginald Young Jr., a former senior records management analyst, told Politico they were among the government officials tasked with using Scotch tape to piece the documents back together.
Lartey said his supervisors "only wanted a few people" involved in the painstaking process of putting Trump's papers back together - a process he likened to "an adult puzzle".
Presidential records must be preserved and transferred to the national archives under U.S. law which "places the responsibility for the custody and management of incumbent presidential records with the president".
"I had a letter from Schumer - he tore it up", he said.
"I'm looking at my director, and saying, 'Are you guys serious?'" he said.
As to why Trump was tearing up the documents in the first place, that - according to Lartey - remains a mystery.
Lartey and Young said the practice was still going on this spring, when they were abruptly fired from their jobs with no explanation.
The job of the records management analysts working in the Old Executive Office Building next door to the White House has changed considerably under the Trump administration, according to a Sunday Politico report. "I would never have thought I would have gotten fired".
You can read all of Politico's report here.
"We got Scotch tape, the clear kind", Lartey recalled in an interview.
They had the fragments of paper collected from the Oval Office and the White House's private residence and send to records management office across the street from the White House to be re-assembled.
'It felt like the lowest form of work you can take on without having to empty the trash cans'. He said his entire department was dedicated to the task of taping paper back together in the opening months of the Trump administration.