Keystone pipeline won’t have to use American steel, despite Trump’s repeated promises
ERIN DOOLEY ANGIE YACK
The Keystone XL pipeline will not be bound by the Donald Trump’s Jan. 24 memo requiring new and retrofitted pipelines to use American steel, the White House said today — and apparently contradicting promises made by the president.
“The way that executive order is written … it’s specific to new pipelines or those that are being repaired. And since this one is already currently under construction, the steel is already literally sitting there, it would be hard to go back,” White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One. “But I know that everything moving forward would fall under that executive order.”
The presidential directive requires “all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines, inside the borders of the United States, including portions of pipelines, use materials and equipment produced in the United States, to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law.”