National Archives appears to refute Trump’s statement about George HW Bush’s White House record

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) publicly denies the lie that was promoted by former President Donald Trump that former presidents have taken President’s Records with them when they step down or put them in “substandard conditions”.

NARA said in an unusual statement on Tuesday, “Reports that suggest or indicate that presidential records were held by former presidents or their representatives after they left office, or that records were kept in substandard circumstances, are false and deceptive.” ,

Trump, what has been done fight with the government The records taken from the White House to his Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago, on Sunday drew an incomplete and inaccurate comparison with his predecessors’ handling of records when they left the White House. He said at a rally in Arizona that former President Bill Clinton’s record was “moved from the White House to a former car dealership in Arkansas,” that former President Barack Obama “loaded more than 20 trucks, over 33 million documents”. classified, both classified and unclassified, for a poorly built and completely unsafe former furniture store located in a bad neighborhood in Chicago” and George W. Bush “stored 68 million pages in a warehouse in Texas. ”

In each of these cases, it was NARA that announced that presidential records would be processed and stored during the construction of presidential libraries. For example, in May 2000, the archives issued a press release stating that the site selected for Clinton’s records was “formerly the Balch Motor Company”, located in Little Rock, from “the site of the future Clinton Presidential Library”. It was about 1.5 miles away. NARA has negotiated the lease and will operate the 42,000-square-foot facility until the library’s inauguration, its release said.

Perhaps the most dramatic allegation Trump made was the claim that the former President George HW Bush “A former bowling alley teeming with an old and broken Chinese restaurant took millions and millions of documents. He put them together. And it had a broken front door and broken windows. Plus it was pretty secure. “

As Politifact notes, pointing to an Associated Press clip from the 1990s, it is true that George H.W. Bush’s White House documents and memorabilia were “an old bowling alley” and “what happened to be the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant.” used to”. While his library was being built in College Station, Texas.

But it was much safer than Trump singing. The AP noted:

“Uniformed guards patrol the premises. There are closed-circuit television monitors and sophisticated electronic detectors along the walls and doors. Some printed material is classified and will remain so for years; it’s only for those with top-secret clearance. is open.”

Bush’s records were viewed, cataloged and organized by an acting director of NARA and 10 researchers.

According to the AP, the bowling alley was filled with rows of shelves to hold campaign memorabilia, and 58 lanes of shelves contained boxes of Bush White House documents.

In response to a request for comment, the Bush Library sent the original NARA response.

NARA said in its statement that it took “physical and legal custody of presidential records” from the administration when former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan left office.

The National Archives explained that the records go to temporary facilities previously leased from the General Services Administration (GSA) and where their presidential library “built for NARA” will be located. The NARA statement said temporary facilities are managed and staffed “exclusively by NARA employees.”

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