Washington. New photos on the Internet show former US President Donald Trump tearing up old government documents and flushing them down the toilet. According to a report by news agency DPA, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman obtained dump photos of documents for her upcoming book ‘Confidence Man’ on the Trump White House.
Despite Trump’s denial, photos show two toilet bowls with his distinctive handwriting on them. “Some (Trump’s) aides were aware of the habit, which they did over and over again, which was an extension of Trump’s long-standing habit that had to be preserved,” Haberman told Axios.
According to the report, one of these photos is of the toilet of the White House, while the other is from a foreign trip. It is impossible to tell about the destroyed documents. But the name ‘Stephnik’, apparently in reference to Upstate Representative Alice Stefnik, is legible on a piece of paper. The former president, through his spokesman Tyler Budovich, denounced the new report.
Photos obtained by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.
“If pictures of paper in toilet bowls are part of your promotional plan, you have to be very desperate to sell books,” Budovich said. The twice-impeached president was notorious for tearing up documents in his relentless rage, forcing aides to collect scraps, which then had to be taped together and deposited in the National Archives.
When Trump left the White House on January 20, 2021, he took with him several boxes full of records, including documents, marked ‘classfields’ at his Florida estate. The action may violate the President’s Records Act, which states that such records are government property and must be protected.
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First Published: Aug 09, 2022, 16:20 IST