March 5th, 2017

So, in speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference on 24 February, President Donald John Trump said:

We have authorized the construction, one day, of the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines. And issued a new rule. This took place while I was getting ready to sign. I said, who makes the pipes for the pipeline? Well, sir, it comes from all over the world, isn’t that wonderful? I said, nope, it comes from the United States or we’re not building one. American steel. If they want a pipeline in the United States, they’re going to use pipe that’s made in the United States, do we agree? [Emphasis mine.]

Except when they don’t. From the Associated Press, reporting in Keystone, Dakota Access pipelines won’t use US steel despite Pres. Trump’s pledge, writes:

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

Do think the fact that much of the already purchased steel traces back to a Russian company plays at all in this?


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