Donald Trump has stated time and time again the concept of “buy-America.” Last month he spoke at CPAC where he hinted that idea again while speaking about the Keystone pipelines.
“This took place while I was getting ready to sign,” he told CPAC. “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?”
Well Trump has not kept to his promise to “buy-America” because the Keystone XL oil pipeline won’t use American steel in its construction.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke Friday where she attempted to justify why American made steel wasn’t being used:
“The way that executive order is written,” Sanders said. “It’s specific to new pipelines or those that are being repaired. Since this one is already currently under construction, the steel is already literally sitting there; it would be hard to go back.”
The Keystone pipeline would run from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The Dakota Access line would move North Dakota oil to Illinois, and that project is almost finished.