Donald Trump made a promise eight days ago and he’s already backing out. The POTUS said he met with United States Steel CEO Mario Longhi and promised the Keystone XL pipeline would be made with only steel sourced in the United States.
“Steel made in this country and pipelines made in this county,” he said, would be sourced nationally.
By Tuesday, Trump had changed his mind when addressing Congress. Instead, Trump said “new” American pipelines would “be made with American steel.”
Keystone XL developer, TransCanada, is apparently exempt from US sourced steel in the creation of the pipeline, according to Politico.
“Removing the steel condition could help persuade TransCanada to fully drop the $15 billion NAFTA complaint against the U.S., which it suspended earlier this week,” Politico adds.
Trump did follow-through on an agreement he signed which calls for “all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines” inside the U.S. to use U.S. steel “to the maximum extent possible.”
“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,” a White House spokeswoman said.
It didn’t take long to break from that rhetoric.
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