Sometimes, he would ask officials if he could keep the documents he received, according to members of his staff.
“From time to time, the president would say, ‘Can I keep this?'” Trump’s former chief of staff told CNN.
During his presidency, Donald Trump earned a reputation for being difficult to report and may have destroyed meeting notes by flushing them down the toilet, but he asked officials to keep the documents he received, according to members of his staff.
Trump’s reluctance to participate in the presidential daily briefing while in office was well documented. His first informer, Ted Gistaro, he told CBS News the former president “doesn’t really read anything,” while intelligence officials described him as “by far the hardest“new president to brief. The daily briefing was delivered more often to Vice President Mike Pence than to the president, The Guardian informed.
Hoping to encourage the president to read more of her reports, Gistaro’s successor, Beth Sanner, included a one-page summary and set of charts, former CIA officer John Helgerson tells in his book“Meeting the President”.
When attending the meetings, former President Trump is rumored to have destroyed records, including by flushing handwritten notes down the toilets in the White House. He also had a habit of tearing and shredding documents, The Washington Post reported. The shredding was so prolific, politician reported, that an entire team dedicated itself to re-pasting the documents for their preservation.
“I’ve seen Trump tear up paper, not into very small pieces, but usually twice, so take a piece of paper, tear it up once, then tear it up again, and then throw it in the trash.” The Washington Post reported Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, said.
In addition to his habit of destroying meeting notes, several staffers noted Trump asking officials if he could keep the documents he receives.
“From time to time, the president would say ‘Can I keep this?'” Trump’s former chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Friday. Mulvaney added that the White House had “whole teams” of people dedicated to preserving official documents.
Although Mulvaney would not draw a direct line between Trump’s habit of asking to keep records and the search for your residence in Mar-a-Lago searching for classified documents, his comments echoed those of John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser.
“The president often said [to intelligence briefers] ‘Well, can I keep this?'” Bolton said. CBS News. “And in my experience, intelligence informants used to say ‘Well, sir, we’d rather take that back,’ but sometimes they forgot.”
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