Ex-White House Aides Who Taped Together Trump’s Ripped Up Docs Speak Out: ‘We Thought it Was a Joke’

Meet Reginald Young Jr. and Solomon Lartey. Young and Lartey used to work for the White House, you see. They served as records management analysts. And what exactly did that job entail? According to Young and Lartey, speaking Tuesday on CNN’s New Day, part of being a White House records management analyst involved taking documents ripped up by President Donald Trump, and physically taping them back together — for real. “When we first got [the torn up documents], we were like, ‘What is this?'” Lartey said. “We thought it was a joke. We all talked among ourselves like ‘What’s going on here?'” What was going on was that Young and Lartey were helping Trump comply with the Presidential Records Act — which requires that all presidential documents need to be preserved. “This was like an adult puzzle for us,” Lartey said. “I hadn’t messed with a in years.” As to why Trump was tearing up the documents in the first place, that — according to Lartey — remains a mystery. “We never got that explanation,” he said. And then, Young proceeded to demonstrate exactly what he and Lartey did. “We literally had to spend hours per day piecing together the puzzle prior to taping them,” Young said — holding up torn paper. Watch the surreal segment above, via CNN. [featured image via screengrab] —— Follow Joe DePaolo (@joe_depaolo) on Twitter

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