White House: Keystone Pipeline Exempt From Trump’s ‘Buy American’ Executive Order


Alleged president Donald Trump justified signing executive orders to restart both the Keystone and the Dakota Dakota Access pipelines by saying that it would create 28,000 jobs, but that’s not the case. In another executive order signed off by Trump, it requires infrastructure projects to be built with American steel, but the Keystone XL Pipeline will not be subject to that stipulation.

Politico reports:

Trump signed the order calling for the Commerce Department to develop a plan for U.S. steel to be used in “all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired or expanded pipelines” inside the U.S. projects “to the maximum extent possible.”

By the White House’s judgment, that description would not include Keystone XL, which developer TransCanada first proposed in 2008.

“The Keystone XL Pipeline is currently in the process of being constructed, so it does not count as a new, retrofitted, repaired or expanded pipeline,” the White House spokeswoman said.

In early December, Spokesman Bryan Lanza said in a memo to supporters that Trump’s backing for the pipeline near a North Dakota Indian reservation “has nothing to do with his personal investments and everything to do with promoting policies that benefit all Americans.”

“Those making such a claim are only attempting to distract from the fact that President-elect Trump has put forth serious policy proposals he plans to set in motion on Day One,” the memo obtained by the Associated Press stated.

As for not requiring the pipeline to use American steel, we are not surprised.

Newsweek reported:

…Trump has been stiffing American steel workers on his own construction projects for years, choosing to deprive untold millions of dollars from four key electoral swing states and instead directing it to China—the country whose trade practices have helped decimate the once-powerful industrial center of the United States.

We’ve already witnessed Trump’s actions since taking the oath of office and they all seem self-serving. Trump is plagued with scandals and this only puts more scrutiny on the amateur president and his motivations. Creating a couple of thousand jobs – and not 28,000 as he claimed – while not ‘buying American’ will not ‘Make America Great Again.’

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