Keystone pipeline won’t use US steel despite President Trump pledge

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at the National Governors Association meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House February 27, 2017 Washington, DC. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Keystone XL oil pipeline won’t use American steel in its construction, despite what President Donald Trump says.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that’s due to language in a presidential directive President Trump issued in January. Sanders says the directive applies to new pipelines or those being repaired. She says it would be hard to do an about face on Keystone because it’s already under construction and the steel has been acquired.

President Trump said as recently as last week that Keystone and another pipeline must use American steel “or we’re not building one.”

Shortly after taking office, President Trump used his executive powers to greenlight the two pipeline projects that had been blocked by President Barack Obama.

The Keystone pipeline would run from Canada to refineries in the Gulf Coast.

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      • Jeff Tate

        DrumpfLover1488, I think it would be better to try to have civil discussions here. There are plenty of good reasons not to like Trump, his agenda, and many of his followers. However, you might get more traction in general if you avoid the crass insults and stick to policies. You could explore the merits of the pipeline itself, or mention that if we had a stronger EPA with stricter gas mileage requirements, we might not need this pipeline. However, much like the cocaine pouring across our border, Americans are using gas, and the oil will be delivered through tanker trains or pipelines. Until we wean ourselves off oil (and cocaine), this will be an issue- regardless of any pipelines or walls that we build.
        Or you could spout hate speech. Your call.

    • Kim

      Another campaign promise met…. no wait ….. all pipeline work he said was going to be done with American steel, well he sorta kinda met that promise…. maybe next time, maybe…Trump was gonna build us that wall and protect our border….. Flash forward… well maybe we don’t need the whole 2000 miles, maybe 1000 will do….. construction was going to start right away… wonder if he cashed the check yet…. what check you say? Why the check From Mexico to pay for the wall… Trump promised HE would make them pay

      • grunt

        If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.
        It’s not a tax until it goes to the US Supreme Court.
        I will close Guantanamo.

      • Andrew

        For those defending Trump failure to follow through his own promises:

        Remember Obama’s closing Guantanamo promise? He did not do it? Why? Congress did not allow it? Stop lying about it. It was not Obama’s fault.
        Remember “you can keep your doctor” phrase? That did not happen? Why? Because he misled us intentionally or not about the premise that ACA would reject insurances that failed with some quality thresholds. In 8 years of presidency Obama did not strike me as a liar. Yes, I know the phrase about politicians and lies, but after Trump you should know the difference between a politician way of lying and Trump’s.

        Now back to Trump promises about the use of American steel or nothing at all:
        He broke his promises? Why? Because it does not make sense that if the pipes are already built with non-American steel and sitting already in the construction site to send it back to get new pipes with American steel. If he lied intentionally or not, I don’t know. Knowing that he uses to lie on purpose I would not be surprise though but I can’t tell for sure.

      • Jeff Tate

        It doesn’t seem like this is a lie, but it may or may not be a story. It seems that 40% of the steel created so far was produced by a subsidiary of a company that is 31% owned by a Russian oligarch. However, this company describes itself as one of the largest steel producers in the world, so it might not be unusual. Even more interesting, though, is that Ivanka is friends with the oligarch’s wife (Dasha Zhukova). Even more interesting than that is Dasha donated $2700 to Clinton’s campaign, and $33,400 to the DNC for the 2016 election. I’m not sure what to think of all of this!

  • Ray

    WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DECIPHER WHAT THE PRESIDENT MEANS EVERYTIME HE SPEAKS, WHY THE HELL CANT HE JUST SAY WHAT HE MANS IN THE FIRST PLACE… THE THING IS . HE DOES SAY WHAT HE MANS IN THE FIRST PLACE

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